Yaounde archbishop Victor Tonye Bakot has resigned from his post ten years after he was appointed to lead one of the biggest catholic arch diocese in Cameroon.
A statement signed by the Apostolicio Nuncio to cameroon Mgr. Piero Pioppo did not give any official reasons for the resignation but said Pope Francis has accepted and appointed Ebolowa bishop Jean Mbarga as interim
At 66, archbishop Bakot is relatively young to be resigning from one of the most high profile religious positions in Cameroon.
He was appointed archbishop of Yaounde in 2003. He was elected president of the episcopal council in 2004 and re-elected four years later. His surprise resignation means the episcopal council now also needs to look for a new president.
Among other things, Mgr Bakot is member of the political council for Social Communication In Rome and Grand Chancellor of the Catholic university of Central Africa.
Cameroon Radio television, the state broadcaster described the resignation as a “bombshell this Monday July 29th of July especially after it was confirmed by authorized sources.
This is a developing story we are following closely.