YAOUNDE Cameroon’s Biya easily wins 7th term; low Anglophone turnout
Africa’s oldest president, Cameroon’s Paul Biya, easily won a seventh term on Monday after a Constitutional Council that he appointed rejected all legal challenges to the election. The United States noted irregularities that “may not have affected the outcome but created an impression that the election was not credible or genuinely free and fair.”
Now analysts say the country threatened by separatists faces further turmoil if Biya, who will be 92 when the new term ends, doesn’t start preparing Cameroon for life without him after decades in power.
Major cities saw heavy troop deployment ahead of the election announcement as the government banned rallies by the opposition, which had alleged fraud. Biya received more than 71 percent of the vote, far ahead of Maurice Kamto’s 14 percent.
The October 7 election saw few voters in English-speaking regions after nearly a quarter-million people fled unrest by Anglophone separatists.