* CPDM wins 148 of 180 seats in parliament vote
* Biya has ruled oil producer since 1982
YAOUNDE Oct 17 Cameroon's veteran president
Paul Biya kept his grip on power on Thursday when official
results showed his ruling party secured a landslide win in a
Sept. 30 parliamentary vote.
Biya, 80, has been in charge of the oil-producing Central
African nation since 1982.
His Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (CPDM) party won
148 of 180 seats in the National Assembly - parliament's lower
chamber - according to results published by the Supreme Court,
down from the 156 seats it had in the last vote.
The party already controls 86 seats in the new 100-seat
Senate upper house which was created following an April
The main opposition SDF came second with 18 and the
remaining seats were shared out amongst smaller parties.
Opposition parties have criticised Cameroon's electoral
system in the past, saying it allows Biya to keep a stranglehold
on power. But there were no complaints of irregularities after
the September vote.
The CPDM also won 305 of the 360 council seats contested in
a parallel vote on the same day.
Cameroon, which has exported oil since the late 1970s, has
seen its production slip in recent years to about 63,000 barrels
per day, down from a peak of 185,000 barrels.
It has said it hopes output will rise to 100,000 barrels per
day this year as firms use new techniques to tap matured wells
and discover new ones.
(Reporting by Tansa Musa; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by