Yaounde (National Times)-Senate President, Marcel Niat Njifendji, has returned to Cameroon after a long absence due to poor health which ensured that he missed important events such as the swearing-in ceremony of President Paul Biya.
The Senate leader returned home last evening, December 4 after a long absence. Niat, who was whisked out of the country was said to be seriously sick of an undisclosed illness and has been hospitalised in France for about three months and was even rumoured to have died.
He only resurfaced on polling day, during the October 7 Presidential election where he looked frail and weak and was being supported to move.
Even though not registered in Paris, he was however allowed to cast his vote there.
In his absence, some major events of national life took place such as the October 7 Presidential election, the swearing-in of Paul Biya on November 6 and the finals of the football cup of Cameroon on December 2, which marked the end of the 2017/2018 sporting season in the country.
In such occasions, Niat was being represented by Senate First Vice President, El Hadji Aboubakary Abdoulaye.
The 84-year-old is a strong Biya ally and was the head of the West campaign team for the CPDM candidate in the last concluded election before he collapsed and was rushed to France.