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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Electoral disputes: we are heading towards a popular revolt

Not surprisingly, the Constitutional Council, of which almost all 11 members are activists of the Democratic People's Rally of Cameroon (the party of Paul Biya), rejected all appeals for total or partial cancellation of the presidential election. introduced by the opposition, including those of Maurice Kamto. For a good part of the Cameroonian opinion as for the supporters of the candidate of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon, the latter is the winner of the presidential election of October 7th.

While the announcement of the results is scheduled for October 22, the street protests are preparing to challenge these results that no doubt give Paul Biya winner to a score of 71 to 72%. This Sunday, October 21, 2018, a protest march is planned in the city of Douala to say "no" to the "stolen victory of the people". The city of Douala has always been considered a hotbed of political protest: the "dead cities" of 1991 and the riots of late February 2008.

Some political leaders of the opposition are already calling for the street to denounce the electoral hold-up of the Biya clan. This is the case of Edith Kah Walla from Cameroon. The president of the Cameroon people party and the Stand Up For Cameroon movement wrote this on her Twitter account: "No guarantee that they will not draw. But, the more we are, the harder it is. If you're on Yde, it's more complicated for them. If we continue to advance despite the shots, it becomes really difficult. If we stay non-violent even more complicated.

The Cameroonian diaspora is also planning to break the pavement. The demonstrations of Cameroonians living in the United States took place this Friday, October 19 in Washington DC. This Saturday, October 20, it will be the turn of those of Germany to be heard. Monday, October 22, Cameroonians living in France are preparing a demonstration in front of the Embassy of Cameroon in Paris.

On 8 October, the day after the presidential election, Maurice Kamto declared himself the winner of the 2018 presidential election. The Mrc candidate invited outgoing President Paul Biya to organize a peaceful transition to avoid a post-election crisis.