Biya is a "prisoner" to three forces: the elites around him who have a stake in perpetuating the regime he has created, his own ego, and his wife, Chantal. Chantal Biya, many years Biya's junior, reportedly has no interest in surrendering the tremendous power she enjoys. Born on December 4, 1970, Mrs Chantal Biya is the wife of the President of the Republic of Cameroon, HE Paul Biya since April 23, 1994.
In November 2010, Bertrand Teyou published a book titled La belle de la république bananière: Chantal Biya, de la rue au palais (English: "The beauty of the banana republic: Chantal Biya, from the streets to the palace"), tracing Chantal Biya's rise from humble origins to become Paul Biya's First Lady. He was subsequently given a two-year prison term on charges of "insult to character" and organizing an "illegal demonstration" for attempting to hold a public reading. Amnesty International and International PEN's Writers in Prison Committee both protested his arrest.
First Lady, Chantal Biya reportedly set certain conditions in mid-July 2016 for her return to Cameroon. She had been absent from the country for three months and all attempts by her husband, President Biya who had been incessantly flashing out signals for her to come to him. Cameroon Concord News has now gathered that the youthful first lady has tabled a number of requirements to her illustrious husband so she can return to Cameroon.
A source at the presidency of the republic hinted that Chantal Biya fervently believed it was urgent and beneficial to infuse new energy around the elderly statesman. We learnt she has even gone further by suggesting a list of those who have to be giving matching orders among them Martin Belinga Eboutou, Minister Director of the Civil Cabinet of the President of the Republic. The first lady also asked her husband to sack General Ivo Desancio, Director of presidential security and the current Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh.
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