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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Election 2018: Paul Biya drifts Patrick Ekema and his supporters in Buea

President Paul Biya's visit to the English-speaking South West of Cameroon in conflict is "unconfirmed", according to a source close to the presidency in Yaoundé, where arrived Tuesday the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad.

Monday, a source close to the Ministry of Communication had announced to AFP the visit Tuesday of President Biya in the capital of the South-West region, where are hear gunshots daily.

"There are preparations under way, the platform of the place des fêtes has been repaired," said Tuesday morning a source close to the local authorities of Buea.

In the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, North West and South West, fighting between the army and armed separatists is daily. The latter claim the independence of English-speaking Cameroon from Yaoundé.

They threatened to attack anyone who would vote Sunday in the one-round presidential election.

On Monday, for the first anniversary of the symbolic proclamation of the independence of English-speaking regions, on October 1, 2017, a curfew was put in place in most major cities in the area.

The streets of Buea and Bamenda, the two regional capitals, were empty except army patrols, according to witnesses on Monday at AFP.

Tuesday morning, the president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, arrived in Yaoundé on official visit.

It should be received by Paul Biya at the presidential palace in the middle of the day, according to concordant sources.

Cameroon is due to host the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2019, but delays in the organization have raised controversy over the country's ability to complete preparations for the competition in time.

On Sunday, nine candidates - including Paul Biya - will clash in the polls to run for the presidency of Cameroon, in a tense security context with persistent attacks by the Boko Haram jihadists in the north of the country, and the armed conflict in the English-speaking regions.

Source: AFP