A long-standing tradition of Cameroun was broken on Monday (5 May) --- President Ahmadou Ahidjo spoke in English, instead of French --- when he took the oath for his fourth five-year term of office in Yaounde.
GV National Assembly with decorations
GV Minsters' motorcade arrives
SV Judges arriving for ceremony
SV President Ahidjo arrives (3 shots)
SV Judges and Ministers seated in chamber (2 shots)
SV President Ahidjo takes oath
SV PAN Minsters applaud
SV President speaks
GV Ministers and Judges listen
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SV Ahidjo takes salute, inspects guard of honour (4 shots)
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Background: A long-standing tradition of Cameroun was broken on Monday (5 May) --- President Ahmadou Ahidjo spoke in English, instead of French --- when he took the oath for his fourth five-year term of office in Yaounde.
President Ahidjo said "I so do swear", while on previous occasions he said in French "Je jure".
The traditional speech opening the oath-taking ceremony was made in English by the National Assembly speaker, M. Salomon Tandeng Muna, whose mother tongue is English. Both English and French are official languages.
The event was seen as another serious attempt by the Government to foster bilingualism in the Republic formed from territories formerly administered by France and Britain.
Both French and English are now taught in all secondary schools, and the University of Cameroun. In addition, the Government itself employs teachers to give language lessons to Minsters and high officials so that English speakers can acquire a working knowledge of French, and vice versa.
Bilingualism is an important means of unifying the country's fragmented population of numerous tribes and religions, a problem complicated by the two superimposed European traditions, French and British.