Maurice Kamto was the unexpected winner of the Cameroon elections, and he will lead the country for the next seven years. He announced his own victory at a press conference in Yaoundé, with these words: "I received a mandate to kick a penalty, I did and I scored. I received from the people a clear mandate that I intend to defend to the end. I ask the outgoing President to step aside in the name of peace. Former Justice Minister Kamto claimed victory over the second longest reigning African President, Paul Biya, who had been in charge for the last 36 years. In 2012, Kamto founded his own political party, the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon. His five-point manifesto focused on the economic and social recovery of the country, as well as aiming to maintain State control over both English and French speaking areas of the country, currently characterized by different levels of development and autonomy from the central state. In his victory speech, he announced that the English speaking areas, which have demanded to secede from the country on several occasions, will be the first areas he will visit. The elections were monitored by 4,094 observers, 3,662 of whom were local and 432 international.