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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Election 2018: The Threat Of The Independentist On The Campaign In The Anglophone Zone

Will Paul Biya go to the English speaking regions? No certainty. Announced Monday, his trip this week to Buea is finally "not confirmed". Be that as it may, so far the campange seems to be absent from the two English-speaking regions.

The area is plagued by daily violence as secessionists have threatened to attack voters, organizers and candidates.

At the launch of the presidential campaign on September 22, the message from the authorities was clear: do not give in to fear and fight in the English-speaking regions.

In fact, the threat of the separatists was right candidates. No posters are present in the outskirts of the cities in the area. Only the images of the outgoing President Paul Biya are visible in the centers under strong military surveillance.

As for the political meetings, they were considered within the opposition, but none took place. Last Thursday, the popular rally of the opponent and former president Akere Muna was canceled.

Expected in Limbe, it has turned into a small tour in town and a short speech of the candidate in front of some of his supporters, according to state radio, CRTV. Reason invoked: security problems that morning that pushed the campaign team to cancel a visit to the Northwest.

This is also what Maurice Kamto did. Expected on Tuesday for a meeting in Bamenda, the MRC candidate preferred to go directly to his stronghold of Baffoussam.