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Armed Protesters In Cameroon Protest Paul Biya’s 30 Year Rule

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Gunmen opposed to Cameroon’s long-time leader traded fire with police for hours Thursday in the nation’s largest city, Doula.

Eyewitnesses told CNN the gunmen, wearing military uniforms, blocked the busy Wouri Bridge brandishing signs reading “Biya Must Go” and “We Want The Dictator Out.”

President Paul Biya has been in power in the West African nation for nearly 30 years. His decision to seek another seven-year term in the October 9 election has sparked unrest, and observers have warned that his expected victory might bring post-election violence.

The state media, CRTV, reported that five gunmen had been captured and no civilian had been injured. One of the gun men plunged into the river, it said. His fate was unclear.

There is a heavy presence of the military in the strategic Wouri area. The 5,900-foot-long bridge carries both road and rail traffic and is estimated to be used by nearly 40,000 people a day.

“This is a warning for the campaigners for Mr. Biya. They must accept what is right or go with the wind of change,” Collins Ntar, a fruit seller, told CNN.

An angry youth who would not give his name told CNN, “We are not happy with the Biya regime and we want him out by all costs.”

With the expected unrest, popular marches have been banned in key parts of the country, including the Northwest and Littoral regions.

Campaigns have officially kicked off in all regions, though at a snail’s pace. The 22 opposition candidates to challenge Biya say there is a slow disbursement of money from the government to fund their campaign rallies.

In 2008, Biya erased term limits from the constitution. That move, coupled with rocketing food prices, fueled anti-government riots that human rights groups, cited by the U.S. State Department, say killed approximately 100 people. The government of Cameroon put the number of deaths at 40.

Source: CNN

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  1. Omojevwe Ogheneruemuse

    October 3, 2011 at 6:10 am

    By now,One would have wondered why these dictors still fimd it defficult to understand that they must vacate their offices one day,either by death of protest.

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

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On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

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It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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