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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Re-election of Biya: International Crisis Group sounds the alarm

The NGO predicts the discontent of Cameroonians who do not accept the victory of Paul Biya in the presidential election of October 7th.

The national resistance program of the president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), Maurice Kamto, could encourage the protests and prolong the post-election crisis, estimates the geopolitical analysis center International Crisis Group (ICG) in a report published Monday 5 October 2018.

"Many Cameroonians accept the likely victory of Biya, but they remain angry. Few people believe he got 71 percent of the votes, and the results that circulated on social networks indicate that the race was significantly tighter. Few people consider the Constitutional Council to be impartial, since Biya has appointed its eleven members, the majority of whom are also former members of the ruling party, "writes the ICG in this document entitled" Uncertainties are growing in Cameroon after a contested election ".

"The coming weeks will be decisive for the evolution of the post-election crisis. The climate in Douala and Yaounde is tense.The government has banned several press conferences and opposition and civil society demonstrations, increased the deployment of its troops to deter and disrupt demonstrations, temporarily restrict access to Facebook and arrested several people planning to protest. On 27 and 28 October and 4 November, security forces briefly arrested more than 100 demonstrators from the Kamto party in Douala, Yaounde and Bafoussam, and attacked the party's headquarters in Douala, "the report said.

In sounding the alarm, the International Non-Governmental Organization relies on "evidence of widespread fraud" of the October 7 poll held by some candidates.

"Given the likely magnitude of electoral irregularities, it is almost impossible to determine what result each candidate actually got. But Biya's 71 percent score seems far from credible, "notes International Crisis Group.