Breaking News – Cameroon’s President Biya wins seventh term

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Cameroon’s President Paul Biya wins seventh term

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has won a seventh term in office in polls marred by low turnout and voter intimidation.Mr Biya, at 85 Africa’s oldest head of state, was re-elected with 71.3% of the vote, according to official results.Opposition calls for a re-run of the presidential election were rejected by the Constitutional Council last week.Riot police were deployed on Sunday to the major cities of Yaound√© and Douala in case of opposition protests.Cameroon’s two English-speaking provinces have been hit by more than a year of violent protests and attacks by separatist rebels which have left hundreds dead.

Two days before results were announced, Africa’s longest-serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of neighbouring Equatorial Guinea congratulated Mr Biya on his win.Mr Biya’s nearest challenger, Maurice Kamto of the MRC/CRM, gained just 14.2%. Mr Biya took the majority of votes in all but one of Cameroon’s 10 regions, losing out to Mr Kamto by a small margin in the Littoral region which is home to the economic capital, Douala.Across the country, only half of Cameroon’s voting-age population took part in the polls. Tens of thousands of people were unable to cast their votes because of insecurity. Threats of violence made against would-be voters by rebels in the Anglophone regions reportedly deterred many from casting their ballot. On election day, three separatists who were accused of opening fire on passers-by were shot dead by security forces. Some rebels also tried to disrupt the transporting of ballot boxes by calling for a total ban on all travel.Voter turnout in the country’s two Anglophone regions was as low as 5%, according to the International Crisis Group. Official figures give an almost 16% turnout in the English-speaking South-West region.Witnesses have told AFP news agency they heard gunfire on Monday morning in Buea, the capital of the English-speaking

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