YAOUNDE Cameroon’s Biya eas­ily wins 7th term; low An­glo­phone turnout

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

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.

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