Cameroon election held in 'acceptable conditions': France

11th October 2011, Comments 3 comments

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe called for calm in Cameroon on Tuesday and said the country's presidential election had been held under acceptable conditions.

"According to the International Organisation of the Francophonie and the Commonwealth, who followed the development of these elections, we can consider that they took place in acceptable conditions," Juppe told lawmakers.

"We therefore call on the public, the Cameroonian press and all political actors to show moderation and to avoid resorting to violence" ahead of the release of official results on October 24, he said.

The presidential election looked certain to extend incumbent Paul Biya's 29-year rule but was called a "mess" by the opposition.

Sunday's vote was marked by widespread voter apathy, with Biya's re-election never in doubt, but was also marred by the killings of two policemen and an opposition official.

France is the former colonial power in Cameroon and still wields broad influence there.


© 2011 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • Tabi posted:

    on 11th October 2011, 20:18:12 - Reply

    Who have talked about violence or are you trying to incite one? Goat
  • Tabi posted:

    on 11th October 2011, 20:18:12 - Reply

    Who have talked about violence or are you trying to incite one? Goat
  • anon posted:

    on 11th October 2011, 19:02:43 - Reply

    birds of the same feather flock together , the french put him there and have propped him up for 29 years . most of the money biya stole is in france , so am not surprised they are comming out ahead to support him , the fraud is obvious , open for all to see , so good job france , keep enslaving us , but our tunisia moment will come and try not to get caught in the middle . there will be no mercy !