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Cameroon main opposition leader Maurice Kamto released

  Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroon’s main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail Saturday after a military court ordered his release at the behest of veteran President Paul Biya. Kamto was greeted by hundreds of supporters as he was driven away surrounded by a dozen-strong escort of …

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Cameroon opposition leader charged with ‘rebellion’

Douala, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection”, one of his lawyers said Wednesday. The former government minister was arrested in the economic capital Douala on January 28 after his MRC party organised …

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Security tight as Cameroon’s Biya wins seventh presidential term

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982, on Monday won a landslide victory in a controversial presidential election, as the government tightened security in the capital and gunfire erupted in the volatile Anglophone region. The Constitutional Council, dominated by Biya …

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BIYA: Africa’s longest-serving leaders

Paris, France | AFP |  Cameroon President Paul Biya, 85, who is seeking a seventh consecutive term, is the second longest-serving leader in Africa with nearly 36 years in office. Only Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is ahead, by three years. Here is a rundown of the continent’s leaders …

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Cameroon’s ghost president

AFRICAN ARGUMENTS | Emmanuel Freudenthal | On the podium for the World’s Longest-Serving President, Paul Biya currently holds the silver medal. At an impressive 35-plus years in office, the Cameroonian leader’s ability to keep hold of power over the decades has been remarkable – perhaps all the more so because of how little …

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