Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declares victory, Paul Biya’s party calls it a fantasy

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Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory on Monday, a day after a presidential election on Sunday, but President Paul Biya’s party branded his declaration which was backed with no evidence a fantasy.

The government also accused him of breaking the law and said actions would be taken against him.

President Biya, who has been in power for 36 years is expected to extend his reign for another seven years and Mr Kamto the government said was not even present in many parts of the country and could only have won in his own head.

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“I invite the outgoing president to organize a peaceful way to transfer power,” Kamto, who leads the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), told a news conference on Monday in the capital Yaounde, according to Reuters news agency. 

“My mission was to take a penalty. I did it and I scored,” Kamto said to chants of “freedom” by jubilant supporters in a courtyard outside. He offered no evidence to justify his claim to have won, the news agency said. 

Cameroon’s Government Spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters without elaborating that the government would “take measures” against Kamto.

“The only body entitled to collect all tallies and publish results is the constitutional council,” he said, adding they would be published within 15 days from the poll as required by law. “Everyone must abide by the law.”

Kamto’s spokesman Olivier Nissack later said that since Kamto did not give any numbers, he did not break any rules.

“Maurice Kamto did not proclaim himself president, he claimed victory, it’s not the same thing,” he said, according to Reuters.


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