An­glo­phone runs for pres­i­dent in French-ma­jor­ity Cameroon

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YAOUNDE - A prom­i­nent lawyer from Cameroon’s English­s­peak­ing mi­nor­ity will stand in next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, he an­nounced on Sun­day, days after deadly clashes in­volv­ing the an­glo­phone com­mu­nity.

Akere Muna, former vice pres­i­dent of the NGO Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional, said he would pro­mote “zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion, trib­al­ism, nepo­tism and favouritism.”

Muna’s an­nounce­ment comes fol­low­ing protests in the coun­try’s rest­less English-speak­ing re­gion which have left at least 19 peo­ple dead.

The clashes oc­curred last week­end as sep­a­ratist lead­ers made a sym­bolic dec­la­ra­tion of in­de­pen­dence.

“Our coun­try is now at the cross­roads of its his­tory,” Muna said in a state­ment.

“We must now move to­wards a new Repub­lic.” An­glo­phones ac­count for about a fifth of the West African na­tion’s pop­u­la­tion of 22 mil­lion. English­s­peak­ers com­plain they have suf­fered decades of eco­nomic in­equal­ity and so­cial in­jus­tice at the hands of the French­s­peak­ing ma­jor­ity.

Cameroon is due to hold its next pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in late 2018, most likely in Oc­to­ber.

Pres­i­dent Paul Biya, aged 84, who has been in power for 35 years, and his op­po­si­tion ri­val John Fru Ndi have not yet con­firmed if they will be stand­ing.

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