Cameroon: Paul Biya remains president

Photo from a polling station in Bafoussam.

The elections had taken place on October 7. In the francophone part of the country, they were mostly peaceful. In the Anglophone part, where Mission 21 has most of its projects, going to the polling stations was too dangerous for many people, who stayed in their homes on election day for security reasons. This is because the conflict between the central government and separatist forces has already claimed many victims in recent months. In Buea and Bamenda, the capitals of the two Anglophone provinces, there were repeated exchanges of fire between the army and the separatists on election day. Voter turnout in the Anglophone area was in the single digits.

Around two weeks after the election, the result is that the previous president, Paul Biya, was confirmed with 71 percent of the vote. The opposition complained of irregularities. The 85-year-old Biya will now serve another seven-year term.

► Report on the elections in the taz (October 22, 2018)

► More detailed report on the elections in the NZZ

 

 

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