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Biography of Augustin frédéric KODOCK

Cameroon > Politics : Augustin frédéric KODOCK

Born on 01/03/1933 (format : day/month/year)

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Kodock Augustin Frederic

 (born March 1, 1933 is a Cameroonian politician and the leader of the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC-K faction).

Kodock served in the government in the mid-1960s as Secretary of State for Finances, and from 1968 to 1980 he worked at the African Development Bank. In 1991 he was elected secretary-general of the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon, and in the March 1992 parliamentary election he was elected to the National Assembly from Nyong-et-Kelle district; he became president of the UPC parliamentary group. On September 28, 1992, the UPC's parliamentary group signed an agreement with President Paul Biya to support him, and following Biya's victory in the October 1992 presidential election, Kodock was appointed to the government in November as Minister of State for Regional Planning.He remained in this position until he became Minister of State for Agriculture in July 1994. In 1996 he was re-elected as secretary-general of the UPC, and he was re-elected as a deputy in the National Assembly in 1997. In the latter year he left the government. In 2002 he was again re-elected to the National Assembly, and he returned to the post of Minister of State for Agriculture in August 2002; he later became Minister of State for Planning in December 2004.

He ran again as a UPC candidate for re-election to the National Assembly in the July 2007 parliamentary election, but was defeated according to initial results. He filed a request for the election in his district, Nyong-et-Kelle (which he described as his party's "natural stronghold"), to be cancelled, alleging fraud on the part of candidates of the ruling Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC). In August, the Supreme Court cancelled the election in Nyong-et-Kelle, giving Kodock another opportunity to win the seat when the election is held again.

Kodock remained Minister of State for Planning until he was dismissed from the government in a cabinet reshuffle on September 7, 2007.It was believed that Kodock was left out of the government because his support had fallen to such a level that it was no longer politically useful to include him; his age may have also been a factor.

Last update : 07/11/2008

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