Cameroon: Swearing-in Ceremony of His Excellency Paul Biya, President-Elect of the Republic of Cameroon

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Paul Biya (top left) Maurice Kamto (top right).

Programme

MORNING:NATIONAL ASSEMBY (Attire: formal)

7.30 a.m.: -Population, militants and entertainment groups assemble along the Unity PalaceNational Assembly itinerary and at the National Assembly

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: - Arrival of guests at the National Assembly

9 a.m. to 9.45 a.m.: - Arrival of Members of Parliament, the Constitutional Council and the Supreme Court

9.45 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.: - Arrival of Members of Government, Heads of Diplomatic Mission and Representatives of International Organizations 10.30 a.m. to 10.45 a.m.: - Arrival of the Presidents of the Supreme Court, the Constitutional Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Prime Minister, Head of Government, the President of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate

10.50 a.m.: -End of installation of personalities 11 a.m.: -Arrival of the President of the Republic and Mrs Chantal Biya at the National Assembly - Military honours - Welcome by: - The President of the Senate - The President of the National Assembly - The President of the Constitutional Council - The President of the Supreme Court - Installation - Start of ceremony -Taking of the Oath - Inaugural Address of the Head of State

Around 11.30 a.m.: - End of Swearing-in ceremony at the National Assembly - Military honours - One hundred and one gun salute - Ceremonial departure of the President of the Republic and Mrs Chantal Biya from the National Assembly for Unit y Palace

Around 12.30 p.m.: -Arrival at Unit y Palace - Military honours - Installation

AFTERNOON:UNITY PALACE (Attire: Dark Lounge Suit, Formal attire or traditional ceremonial attire)

2 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.: - Award of insignia of Grand Master of the National Orders to the President of the Republic (by invitation) - Personalities invited: - Members of Government and persons ranking as such - Members of the Bureau of the Senate - Members of the Bureau of the National Assembly - Members of the Constitutional Council - Members of the Supreme Court Members of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) Latest time of Arrival:

1.30 p.m. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: -Presentation of the Diplomatic Corps and National Dignitaries to the President of the Republic at Unity Palace (by invitation), in the following order of precedence:

- Heads of Diplomatic Mission and Representatives of International Organizations (jacket, dark lounge suit or traditional ceremonial attire) - Bureau of the Senate

- Bureau of the National Assembly

- Members of Government

- Bureau of the Economic and Social Council

- Members of the Constitutional Council (cere monial attire)

- Members of the Supreme Court (ceremonial attire)

- Members of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM)

- Members of the National Anticorruption Commission (CONAC)

- Members of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism

- Members of the National Communication Council

- Substantive Members of the CPDM Central Committee residing in Yaounde

- Leaders of other political parties represented at the National Assembly and Senate

- Officials of Employers' and Workers' SocioProfessional Organizations .Rectors of the Universities of Yaounde I and II - Representatives of Religious Bodies (solemn ceremonial attire)

- Delegation of Business Leaders

- Delegation of the Central Services of the Ministry of Defence - Delegation of the Central Chiefs of Staff of the Ministry of Defence

- Secretariat General of the Presidency of the Republic, the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic, Services in charge of Relations with Parliament, the Grand Chancellery of National Orders, the Supreme State Audit Office, the Ministry of Public Contracts, the General Delegation for National security, the Directorate General for External Research, Special Advisers at the Presidency of the Republic, Roving Ambassadors, the Presidential Household Service, the President's Special Command Post, the Department of Presidential Security, the Presidential Guard and the State Protocol

Latest time of Arrival: 2.30 p.m.

EVENING: UNITY PALACE (Attire: Dark lounge suit, Formal outfit or traditional ceremonial attire) Reception offered by the President of the Republic and Mrs Chantal Biya at Unit y Palace (by invitation)

5 p.m.: - Opening of the gates of Unity Palace - Welcome and installation of guests by State Protocol 7 p.m.: - Closing of the gates of Unity Palace End of installation of personalities

- Opening of buffets 7.30p.m.: - Arrival of the Presidential Couple at the Banquet Hall 8.30. p.m.:

-End of reception,

N.B.: Popular festivities are planned in the 7 (seven) subdivisions of Yaounde as from 2 p.m., organized as follows:

- Yaounde 1: Band I - National Security, Divisional Office esplanade

- Yaounde 2:Band II - National Security, Tsinga Sub-Divisional Office esplanade - Yaounde 3: Band I - National Gendarmerie, Efoulan Sub-Divisional Office esplanade

- Yaounde 4: Band II - National Gendarmerie, Yaounde IV Town Hall esplanade, Ekounou

- Yaounde 5: Customs Band, Nkolmesseng Sub-Divisional Office esplanade

- Yaounde 6:Band I - Army Main Band, BiyemAssi Sub-Divisional Office esplanade, RondPoint Express

- Yaounde 7: Band II - Army Main Band, Yaounde VII Town Hall esplanade, Nkolbisson.

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