CAMEROON NEWS: DEMOSTRATION IN OTTAWA AGAINST PAUL BIYA’S RE-ELECTION
cameroondailyjournal.com|More than 200 people took part in a demonstration on the streets of Ottawa on Saturday afternoon to denounce the re-election of Paul Biya.
The president of Cameroon, Paul Biya, who has been in power for 36 years, was re-elected on 7 October for a seventh term with more than 71% of the vote. His opponent, Maurice Kamto, who came in second, spoke of “false” official figures and claimed victory.
For the organizer of the event, Thomas Keou, a number of irregularities before, during and after the vote of October 7, gives the impression that the election was a masquerade.
Not only are we asking for a change in Cameroon, but also for Mr. Kamto to be accepted by the Cameroonian institutions as the real president, he said.
Keou says the country is likely to be further disrupted if President Biya, Africa’s oldest president, who turns 92 at the end of his new term, remains in office.
We want the Canadian government and the international community to hear our message and help us get rid of the one I call a dictator, he said.
According to the organizer of the protest, 58 Cameroonians voted in the ballot at the Embassy in Ottawa. He who reigns over Cameroon since 1982, Paul Biya, finished with 8 votes more than his closest rival.
Protesters fear for the safety of their loved ones, they ask the Canadian government to intervene in the matter.