By Basil Afoni
Despite long-running rumours, many Cameroonians were taken unawares when President Paul Biya announced a new government on Friday, October 2, 2015.
In the new government, the President maintained the Prime Minister Philemon Yang against popular expectations, but equally brought in a few new faces. Former Sports and Physical Education Bidoung Mpaktt, a charismatic figure who was surprisingly booted out of office some years ago, equally made a spectacular return to his old portfolio.
A new government was expected since the council and parliamentary elections of September 30, 2013 following a long-held tradition, but President Biya mysteriously kept both the political class and the general population guessing. The wait is finally over.
Below is the list of the new ministers appointed into the government:
Defense: Joseph Beti Assomo
Higher State Control: Ms. Rose Mbah Atcha
Social Affairs: Guene Pauline Irene
Agriculture and Rural Development: Eyebe Ayissi
Arts and Culture: Kombi Narcise Mouelle
Economy, Planning and Regional Planning: Louis Paul Motaze
Secondary Education: Ngalle Bibehe Masséna Jean Ernest
Youth and Civic Education: Mouna Fotso
Mining Industry and Technological Development: Ngoua Boubou Hernest
Post and Telecommunications: Ms. Li Libong Liken Minette
External Relations: Lejeune Mbella Mbella
Sports and Physical Education: Bidoung Mpaktt
Transport: Edgar Alain Mebe NGO
Public works: Emmanuel Nganou Ndjoumessi
Minister Delegate to the Minister of Finance: Eloum Paul Che
Secretary of State for Secondary Education, in charge of Teacher Training: Bayaola Boniface
You can also see the complete composition of the government and the list of sacked ministers here.