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Post-Independence Struggle (1960–1972)

The 1961 reunification of West Cameroon (English-speaking) with East Cameroon (French-speaking) made Cameroon the only bilingual country in Africa. The two federated entities were essentially multiparty states with the Union Cameroonaise (the dominant party in East Cameroon and a motley of parties led by the Kamerun National Democratic Party) and the Cameroon United Congress playing leading roles in West Cameroon.

In the east, Ahidjo, the head of state of the Federal Republic, had to contend with the violent insurgency of the radical nationalists of the Union des Populations du Cameroun. By 1971, the Ahidjo regime put down this movement through the use of force. This success led the president to transform the country's political structure into one unitary state characterized by a centralized polity, a unicameral legislature (the National Assembly), a single political party, the Cameroon National Union (since 1966), and a new identity: The United Republic of Cameroon...

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