Not surprisingly, opponent Maurice Kamto, former minister of Paul Biya, was chosen by his party, the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), to be the candidate in the presidential election scheduled for next October.
Former Minister of Justice, university professor and lawyer, Maurice Kamto has accepted his nomination as a candidate by his party, the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), meeting since Friday, April 13 in Congress.
Created five years ago, following the resignation of Maurice Kamto from the government in 2011, the MRC, which the latter chairs, has a member of the National Assembly and municipal councilors in several cities in the West or Littoral regions. .
Kamto joins Osih and Muna
A formation advocating economic “social-liberalism” and insisting on the taking of power “by the ballot box only”, the MRC is often qualified by the moderate opposition press.
With Maurice Kamto is therefore a new presidential candidate who declares himself on the side of the opposition. The historic “Chairman” of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), John Fru Ndi, had created the surprise by renouncing to be a candidate to hand over to his younger brother Joshua Osih, elected last February to represent the first opposition party. Lawyer Akere Muna, initiator of the “Now” movement and former vice president of the NGO Transparency International, has been campaigning since October.
Alarming humanitarian situation
The poll, scheduled for October 2018, is preparing for a tense atmosphere. These elections “will be a greater challenge than the previous ones,” said Hans De Marie Heungoup, researcher at the International Crisis Group (ICG), because of the persistent threat of Boko Haram in the Far North and “Troubles in the English-speaking regions” in the grip of a low-intensity conflict between English-speaking separatists and representatives of Yaounde’s central government.
The United Nations (UN) has recently indicated that there would be ” tens of thousands of IDPs In the English-speaking regions, including 40,000 in the Mamfe and Kumba (South West) boroughs, which are among the most affected by the conflict, according to the UN.
Paul Biya, 85, in power since 1982, has not yet announced his intention to run for another term, but his party presents him as his “natural candidate”.