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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Presidential ballot: the British fired a red ball on Biya

London's big business newspaper "Financial Times" has devoted its editorial to Cameroon.

The editorial says in a few sober words what many of us have been denouncing for many years now, namely that there is nothing more to expect from the satrapie of Yaoundé and the more soon we get rid of it, the better it will be.

The "Financial Times" evokes the calamitous record of this crooked despot and underlines the danger represented by his stay in power, while he was largely abandoned by his biological strength, and his erratic management of this country yet endowed with important human and material resources is about to lead straight to escalation and conflict.

The paper stresses, not without reason, that his stay in power now represents a regional risk.

While President Macron indulges in a calculated blindness and claims that France has no African policy, the newspaper also accuses France of having long supported the regime and continue to support it, before to appeal to his isolation.

As has been repeated here and now, one of the ways to increase the pressure on this type of regime in order to suffocate it is to accentuate the internal mobilization (which requires convergences). and coalitions beyond tribal affiliations) and, on the other hand, to "internationalize" the struggle.

By "internationalization" of the struggle, it is not a matter of calling on others to do the work for which we are primarily responsible.

It is not a matter of calling for foreign interventions by external powers, which always end up alienating what little remains of sovereignty.

It is about creating vast networks of solidarity across borders; to sensitize world opinion on the catastrophic record of the ruling caste and its effects of violence and destruction; in short, to systematically organize international support for a struggle to be waged by the Cameroonians themselves.

Beyond the electoral joke that has just taken place and whose scenario was known in advance, it is therefore a question of mobilizing to transform this regime into pariah on the international scene.

This requires tackling head-on all the complicities he still enjoys, just to put him once and for all on the ban.

National opposition forces - those who are part of the legal system - have no choice.

They must reach a minimum common program and mobilize the Cameroonian people around this program.

(1) There is a broad consensus in the country around Paul Biya's departure requirement. This consensus extends even within important fringes of the party in power, the bureaucracy, even the army!

(2) There is a broad consensus around the need to resolve the Anglophone problem through dialogue.

(3) A broad consensus exists around the need for a profound reform of the state.When the time comes, the consequences of such a reform (for regionalization or federation purposes) will be the subject of a referendum.

(4) A broad consensus exists for the fundamental reform of the electoral code, with the aim of ensuring genuinely free and independent elections.

(5) A broad consensus exists around the need to limit the number of presidential terms and shorten their term (from 7 to 5 years).

(6) A transitional government, made up of about twenty technocrats, is needed to carry out these fundamental reforms.

He should have a limited term of office (from 2 to 3 years) after which free elections would be held and none of his members could attend.

The forces of change must come together around these minimum demands.

They are perfectly reasonable and are the best way to avoid climbing.

Defended with intelligence and skill, they could easily win the support of the international community and allow this country to close a rather mournful chapter of its history while sparing many lives.

If the political forces fighting for change can not agree on these minimum and reasonable requirements, then the way will be open to escalation, and many innocent Cameroonians will pay the highest price for the turpitude of our leaders.

Reporter: Achille Mbembe