When compared to other African countries, Cameroon has experienced relatively high political and social stability. Because of this experience, Cameroon has been permitted to experience the development of agriculture, roads, railways, and large petroleum and timber industries as well. With this being said, Cameroon continues to see large numbers of individuals and families live in poverty as subsistence farmers. The control of power has laid firmly in the hands of the authoritarian president since 1982, Paul Biya, and his Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party. The English speaking territories of Cameroon have grown increasingly alienated from the government, and politicians from those regions have called for greater decentralization and even the secession of the former British-governed territories.