Biya wins for the sixth time


Paul Biya the incumbent president has been re-elected for a sixth time according to results published later yesterday by the electoral commission.

Biya is said to have received 78% of the vote on a 66% turnout. The turnout is down dramatically on 2004 when it was 82.2% and 1997 when it was 81.4%, suggesting that voters already knew the outcome.

John Fru Ndi came second with 11% of the vote.

Yesterday the Supreme Court had rejected 18 applications to have the election annulled and a new election called because of irregularities. Although three of the applications were withdrawn, the others were said to have been thrown out because of insufficient evidence.

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