National Day in Cameroon 2019

Public Holiday in Cameroon

National Day is a national holiday in Cameroon. It is observed on 27 April.

When is National Day in Cameroon?

How long until National Day?
This holiday next takes place in 24 Days.
Dates of National Day
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2020 Wednesday
2019 Monday
2018 Sunday
2017 Saturday
1 Day
The United Republic of Cameroon replaced the federal structure in 1972

The National Day of Cameroon is a public holiday on 20 May.

It marks the adoption of a unitary state in 1972.

History of National Day in Cameroon

Cameroon became a German colony in 1884, known as Kamerun.

After Germany's defeat in World War I, the administration of the colony was divided between Britain and France, becoming UN Trust Territories after the end of Second world War and the creation of the United Nations.

The United Nations Trust Territory known as French Cameroun achieved independence from France on 1 January 1960, and British Southern Cameroons became a federated state within Cameroon on 1 October 1961.

On 20 May 1972, in a national referendum, Cameroonians voted for a unitary state instead of the existing federal state. President Ahmadou Ahidjo then abolished the federal system of government in favour of a unitary state, the Republic of Cameroon.

What is a Unitary State?

Most countries operate under a unitary system. A unitary state is governed as a single power under the control of a central government and any powers for administrative divisions are delegated from central government.

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