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Cameroon rejects Muna's withdrawal, Matomba denies coalition

Cameroon rejects Muna's withdrawal, Matomba denies coalition


<p>Elections Cameroon, <span class="caps">ELECAM</span>, the organizing body for the October 7 presidential elections has officially rejected the stepping down of a key candidate, Akere Muna.</p> <p>Muna, one of nine candidates announced a coalition with a former minister, Maurice Kamto, late Friday. But <span class="caps">ELECAM</span> through a press release with hours to the vote said it rejects the move. </p> <p>Muna had written to the body to officially retract his candidature but <span class="caps">ELECAM</span> said it was impossible to admit Muna’s request because it had no basis in law, much less with just hours to the opening of polls. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Elecam ne reconnaîtrait pas le désistement d' <a href="https://twitter.com/AkereMuna?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>AkereMuna</a>. <br>Après la publication des images de <a href="https://twitter.com/KamtoOfficiel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>KamtoOfficiel</a> et <a href="https://twitter.com/S_EspoirMatomba?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>S_EspoirMatomba</a>, ce dernier dément son ralliement à un autre parti<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/237Vote?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#237Vote</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Etoudi2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Etoudi2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/14DysGPEEn">pic.twitter.com/14DysGPEEn</a></p>&mdash; Cameroun (</code>237online) <a href="https://twitter.com/237online/status/1048649242649288706?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Opposition coalition shrinks after ‘growth?”</h2> <p>Meanwhile news that the opposition coalition in Cameroon had grown to three has since been denied by Serge Espoir Matomba, leader of the <span class="caps">PURS</span>. Reports suggested that he had backed the Kamto-Muna alliance.</p> <p>News of his decision to step down in support of former minister Maurice Kamto had been expected through the better part of Saturday but in a Facebook <span class="caps">LIVE</span> posted in the evening, he denied any such alliance.</p> <p>Twenty-four hours prior, Akere Muna had announced that his party hand entered an alliance with Kamto with the view of presenting a united front. The current development means that even though nine candidates are on the ballot, there are seven aspirants to choose from.</p> <p>Incumbent Paul Biya is facing a stiff challenge to his over three-decades in charge. The coalition has come late in the day but some political watchers say it could prove crucial.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Urgent?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Urgent</a> Serge Espoir Matomba rejoint la coalition autour du candidat <a href="https://twitter.com/KamtoOfficiel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>KamtoOfficiel</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/S_EspoirMatomba?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>S_EspoirMatomba</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/237Vote?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#237Vote</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Etoudi2018?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Etoudi2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/az8IaReFqo">pic.twitter.com/az8IaReFqo</a></p>— Cameroun (@237online) <a href="https://twitter.com/237online/status/1048529245830615040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script
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