Prime Minister of Cameroon

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Prime Minister of the
Republic of Cameroon
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Incumbent
Joseph Ngute

since 4 January 2019
Appointer Paul Biya,
as President of Cameroon
Inaugural holder Ahmadou Ahidjo
Formation1 January 1960
Website Official Website
Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon in London, 21 June 2010. (4720521915) cropped Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon in London, 21 June 2010. (4720521915) cropped.jpg
Philemon Yang, Prime Minister of Cameroon in London, 21 June 2010. (4720521915) cropped

Under the current Constitution of Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Cameroon is a relatively powerless position. While the Prime Minister is officially appointed to be the head of government, the President retains most of the executive power and can fire the Prime Minister at will.

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The current prime minister, Joseph Ngute, was appointed by president Paul Biya. He took the office on 4 January 2019.

History

The position has existed in the eastern part of Cameroon since it gained its independence from France in 1960. When the western part gained independence from the British in 1961, the two halves of the Cameroon federation maintained their autonomy and each had a separate Prime Minister. In 1972, Cameroon became a unitary state and the position of Prime Minister was temporarily unfilled. In 1975, Paul Biya was appointed as Prime Minister for all of Cameroon. After Biya's succession to the Presidency, the post of Prime Minister did not exist from 1984 to 1991.

List of prime ministers of Cameroon, 1960–present

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