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Cameroon : Death of Martin Belinga Eboutou, close to President Biya

The former Director of the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was receiving medical care.
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05/09/2019 - 18:39
Mike Biya
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The news spread on Wednesday on social networks. At midday, a statement from the Presidency of the Republic confirmed the death of the former Director of the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic. At 79, Martin Belinga Eboutou dies after serving for a long time the Republic, alongside President Paul Biya, which he was until last year, the "right arm".

Since his dismissal from the Government on March 2, 2018, this career diplomat was staying in a hospital in Geneva where he was receiving treatment. In early April, a document attributed to the current Director of the Civil Cabinet, Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, instructed the diplomatic representation of Cameroon in Switzerland, to ensure full coverage of the medical expenses of the Cameroonian dignitary.

The last appearance of this native of Zoétélé, in the southern region, dates back to the electoral campaign of the presidential election of October 2018; under the banner of the Democratic People's Rally of Cameroon (ruling CPDM).

Public opinion has often perceived him as the man whispering in Paul Biya's ear. Close collaborator among the closest, Martin Belinga Eboutou occupied for ten years the very coveted position of DCC (2009 - 2018). Paul Biya's classmate at the Small Seminary of Edea and Akono, this close to the Head of State had the reputation of facilitating access to the President, and, why not, to allow to obtain posts here and the.

Previously, he was Director of the State Protocol to the Presidency of the Republic from 1989 to 1997, and Director of the Civil Cabinet from September 1996 to December 1997, before being re-elected in 2009.

Diplomate by training, he had a degree in canon law, and a doctorate in law and graduated from the diplomatic section of ENA, in Paris. After working in Cameroon's embassies in Brazzaville, and in Paris, he returned to Yaounde in 1996, to occupy the post of DCC for the first time.

In 1997, Martin Belinga Eboutou was appointed Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the United Nations in New York. It is for this reason that the diplomat will chair a meeting of the UN Security Council, in October 2002. Before returning, in 2010, serve the one he was the companion of road during his studies at seminars, but also all his professional life.

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