Cameroon election held in 'acceptable conditions': France
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.
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