Paul Biya the president of Cameroon on Monday marked 35 years in office. In Nanga Eboko, President Biya was commended for bringing peace and development to Cameroon.

This message was blasted through loudspeakers, all around the towns in central Cameroon, where thousands of people have been brought in to celebrate the anniversary of Paul Biya’s rise to power.

While his supporters are marking the anniversary with celebrations, his opponents are calling for him to stand aside when the country holds a presidential election next year.

Biya became president on November 6, 1982, after the resignation of the Central African state’s first leader, Ahmadou Ahidjo. He has won five elections since then, and in 2008 he revised the 1996 constitution to remove term limits.