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Cameroon's Paul Biya sworn-in for a seventh term

Cameroon's Paul Biya sworn-in for a seventh term


<p>Cameroon’s long serving president Paul Biya was on Tuesday sworn-in to serve a seventh term, having won the disputed October 7 election.</p> <p>Biya was declared winner of the presidential election with 71% of votes cast, but the opposition rejected the results citing electoral fraud.</p> <p>Opposition leader, Maurice Kamto has since called for a resistance movement against the outcome of what he describes as a flawed process.</p> <p>Biya’s swearing-in ceremony, conducted before a joint sitting of the legislature in the capital, Yaounde, has however been overshadowed by news of the <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/11/05/cameroon-over-80-people-kidnapped-in-bamenda/"target="_blank">kidnapping</a> of 79 students and three officials at a school in the English-speaking Northwest region.</p> <p>Separatists, who are believed to be behind the kidnapping in the city of Bamenda, have previously imposed curfews and closed down schools as part of their protest against President Biya’s French-speaking government.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;">Biya warns separatists</h2> <p>In his inauguration speech on Tuesday, Biya appealed to the separatists to ‘lay down their arms’.</p> <p>“They need to know that they will face the rigour of the law and the determination of our defence and security forces,” Biya said in the national assembly.</p> <p>He did not mention the kidnapping of the students from <span class="caps">PSS</span> Nkwen school in Bamenda.</p>
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