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PAUL BIYA: 27 years, 4 months. Mr. Biya assumed Cameroon’s presidency in November 1982. David Wallechinsky’s book “Tyrants, the World's 20 Worst Living Dictators,” says of him: “Every few years, Biya stages an election to justify his continuing reign, but these elections have no credibility. In fact, Biya is credited with a creative innovation in the world of phony elections. In 2004, annoyed by the criticisms of international vote-monitoring groups, he paid for his own set of international observers, six ex-U.S. congressmen, who certified his election as free and fair.”

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