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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

85-Year-Old Biya Wins 7th Term As Cameroon's President

One of Africa's oldest leaders Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon with an iron fist since 1982, won a landslide victory Monday in a controversial presidential election, as the government tightened security and gunfire erupted in the volatile Anglophone region.

The Constitutional Council, dominated by Biya loyalists, on Monday said the 85-year-old leader had won 71.3 percent of the ballot in the October 7 election, marred by allegations of widespread fraud, a low turnout and violence in the poll run-up.

The Council's head Clement Atangana said opposition challenger Maurice Kamto, was a far second with 14.2 percent of the vote.

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