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Cameroon's Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary Elections

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FILE - Cameroon's President Paul Biya departing meeting at Elysee Palace, Paris, Jan. 30, 2013.

FILE - Cameroon's President Paul Biya departing meeting at Elysee Palace, Paris, Jan. 30, 2013.

Cameroon's ruling party has won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, a move that extends President Paul Biya's three decade hold on power.

The Supreme Court Thursday published official results from the September 30 polling, with results showing the Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement won 148 of the 180 seats in the national assembly.

The country's main opposition party, the Social Democratic Front, won 18 seats.

Biya has ruled the oil-producing central African nation since 1982. He assumed the presidency when his predecessor, Ahmadou Ahidjo, resigned.

The 80-year-old president is eligible to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2018.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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