Two Opposition forms coalition ahead of Cameroon vote

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Two Cameroonian opposition parties agreed a coalition on Friday to jointly contest this weekend’s presidential polls, Akere Muna’s spokesman, Paul Mahel said, in an effort to dislodge six-term President Paul Biya.

“Akere Muna agrees to withdraw his candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic (…) and to support Maurice Kamto in the said elections,” said a statement signed by Akere Muna’s spokesman, Paul Mahel.

The coordinator of NOW movement, Akere Muna says the interest of the people is above personal political ambitions.

In a social media outing, the PFD Presidential candidate explained why he decided to drop his candidacy and declare for Maurice Kamto

“My Dear brothers and sisters of Cameroon”

“I decided to withdraw my candidacy for the presidential election of October 7th, for the benefit of Mr. Maurice Kamto whom I call to support”

“I firmly believe that the future of Cameroon is the top priority and is worth every personal sacrifice. Our personal ambitions come second. Only a union of forces of the main candidates can overcome the Biya regime”

“I invite all my supporters to vote Mr KAMTO next Sunday so that finally our country can experience a political change, worthy of the proud and intelligent people that we are”, Akere Muna said

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This is the first time since the 1992 presidential election that two opponents of Paul Biya have formed a coalition against the outgoing president.

Biya has been in power for 35 years and now faces seven opposition contenders following Muna’s withdrawal.

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