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Philemon Yang elected President of 79th session of United Nations General Assembly

Former Prime Minister of Cameroon, Philemon Yang, has been elected as the President of the 79th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

He was elected by acclamation in a ceremony at the UNGA headquarters in New York on Thursday, June 6, attended by several dignitaries including the Minister of External Relations, Le Jeune Mbella Mbella from Cameroon and Ambassador to the United States of America, Henri Etoundi Essomba.

“I therefore declare His Excellency Philemon Yang of Cameroon, elected by acclamation as President of the General Assembly at its 79th session” the President of the 78th session, Dennis Francis said as he handed over.

Philemon Yang called for unity among member states. “We should act together to promote peace, ensure that there is no war, preventing disasters in a spirit of unity” he said.

The former diplomat who hails from Oku in the North West region, served as Cameroon Ambassador to Canada from 1984 to 2004. He was appointed Prime Minister in 2009 and held the post until 2019.

The 79th session of the UN General Assembly opens on September 10.

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