Cameroon’s Paul Biya easily wins seventh term as president

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya, Africa’s oldest leader, has easily won a seventh term, according to the Constitutional Council.

Biya won 71.3 percent of the October 7 vote, far ahead of opposition candidate Maurice Kamto’s 14.2 percent, council president Clement Atangana said, announcing the official results in a state television broadcast.

The council, which was appointed by Biya, rejected all legal challenges to the election and called the vote free and fair.

Major cities saw heavy troop deployment on Monday as the government banned all opposition rallies.

The October 7 election had very low turnout in English-speaking regions after more than 200,000 fled fighting between Anglophone separatists and security forces.

Biya received over 75 percent of the vote in both regions.

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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