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Cameroon’s Paul Biya wins seventh term as president


Africa’s oldest head of state Paul Biya , has won his seventh term as the Cameroonian president .

According to the Constitutional Council president Clement Atangana ,Biya won 71.3 percent of the just concluded October 7th election , far ahead of opposition candidate Maurice Kamto’s who obtained 14.2 percent.

 The council, which was appointed by Biya, rejected all legal challenges to the election and called the vote free and fair.

Major cities saw heavy troop deployment on Monday as the government banned all opposition rallies.

The October 7 election recorded a very low voter turnout in English-speaking regions after more than 200,000 fled fighting between Anglophone separatists and security forces.

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.

Voter turnout in the country’s two Anglophone regions was as low as 5%, according to the International Crisis Group. official figures give an almost16% turnout in the English -speaking south-west region.

Biya has been in power since 1982.