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Cameroon Bishop takes swipe at Biya’s re-election

Samuel Kleda has taken a swipe at Biya's re-eeleection (c)All rights reserveed

The Archbishop of the Douala Metropolitan Archdiocese Samuel Kleda has taken a swipe at the re-election of Paul Biya for another seven-year mandate.

Paul Biya, 85, was declared winner of the October 7 Presidential election by the Constitutional Council on Monday with 71.28 percent of the votes far ahead of Maurice Kamto in second position with 14.23 percent.

Reacting to the reults, the Archbishop of Douala who also doubles as the President of the National Episcopal Conference however casts shadows of doubts over the results.

The Archbishop told a press conference in Douala on Tuesday said it was impossible for Biya to overwhelmingly win in the Far North region where the population has been suffering as a result of Boko Harama.

“I am not sure  up to 89% of the people(in the Far North region)who have been going through alot of sufferings will go out to vote for the same person who has been in place doing nothing to ameliorate their conditions,” His Lordship Samuel Kleda said.

Paul Biya equally got the lion’s share in the troubled North West and South West regions of Cameroon causing the Archbishop to ask where the voters came from given that a majority of the population has been displaced as a result of the conflict.

The drama at the Constitutional Council last week was equally on the menu for the Samuel Kleda who regretted the fact that all petitions filed in by the opposition caandidates were thrown out.

He argued that the opposition candidates had a strong case in their petitions especially the SDF’s ability to demonstrate irregularities in the North West and South West regions where few people voted.

Election results are known even been voters go to the polls in most Central African nations and Cameroon is not an exception, he regretted.


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