Cameroon: Govt deems opposition teams as “unlawful’, points warning forward election

Cameroon: Govt deems opposition teams as “unlawful’, points warning forward election

The Cameroonian authorities has described two political teams in search of to create opposition coalitions as unlawful.

A press release from the Territorial Administration Minister Paul Atanga Nji on Tuesday named “The Political Alliance for Change (APC) and the Alliance for Political Transition in Cameroon (ATP) and described them as no political events beneath the legislation.

The assertion additionally expressed concern over “pseudo-associations forward of the 2025 presidential election”. The minister recalled that solely legally acknowledged political events have the fitting to train political actions on the nationwide degree and ordered the ban on any demonstration related to these associations.

Olivier Bile, spokesperson for the APT, took word of the choice whereas noting confusion and exaggerations within the minister’s feedback whereas the APC dismissed the assertion calling it “curious risk which signifies panic”. The alliance mentioned it was “able to face the elections victoriously” subsequent yr. 

Led by former deputy Jean Michel Nintcheu, the APC was arrange in December at a congress of the main opposition Motion for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), which backed Maurice Kamto for president within the 2018 poll. 

Kamto got here second and referred to as Biya’s re-election a fraud. He was jailed with out trial the next yr, after staging peaceable protests.

The motion boycotted legislative elections in 2018 and over the following two years noticed 700 of its supporters imprisoned, together with Kamto.

Worldwide NGOs accuse the regime of President Paul Biya, who has dominated with for greater than 41 years, of systematically suppressing opposition.

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