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CAMEROON – Cameroon: Paul Biya the invincible
Released on 2013-03-11 00:00 GMT
CAMEROON – Cameroon: Paul Biya the invincible
Cameroon: Paul Biya the invincible
There was no suspense, it was no surprise. The international community has
denounced irregularities in vain, the incumbent President Paul Biya was
re-elected comfortably, October 9, at the head of Cameroon. Already
divided, the opposition is now laminated.
It’s almost a tidal wave. After the October 9 presidential, Paul Biya ,
78, was comfortably re-elected for a sixth term as head of Cameroon , with
77.9% of the vote. The script was well oiled. It worked without a hitch.
The premium has not been out the least of its advantages. Until August 30,
he alone knew the election would be held when it was officially scheduled
for October 9 that day, in the privacy of his office. Under these
conditions, it was easy to have two or three strokes ahead of his
opponents. Similarly, it is without consulting the opposition parties of
its decision to the extent of the rights of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM),
responsible for organizing the election, and appointed its members.
He enjoyed the many dysfunctions of the body, as claimed by his opponents?
It suggests that a statement of Robert P. Jackson, the U.S. ambassador to
Cameroon, who denounced with unusual virulence “irregularities at all
levels.” France, which had initially estimated that the voting took place
under acceptable conditions, eventually backed down also acknowledging
A campaign of Head of State
The suspense, however, was almost zero. Performed in three steps (in
Maroua, Douala and Kribi), the candidate’s campaign of Democratic Rally of
the Cameroon People (CPDM) was conducted with the resources allocated to
the head of state, security services and presidential helicopter fleet
included . The national airline, Camair-Co, has even hired the only
aircraft designed for domestic routes regardless of the agenda of the
other candidates have to make the heels in airports. His teams have put up
posters – a larger size with the recommendations of Elecam – on almost all
the advertising space available … the figure of the candidate never did
much confused with the president. Add to this the fact that, in the
collective unconscious, the longevity of the “reign” of Paul Biya has a
master and a fascination amazing. “Many of us see it as both a metronome
and a political reference time,” says an academic.
Not surprisingly either, Biya’s re-election was orchestrated by the DPRK.
The party congress, held on 15 and 16 September , showed the complexity of
the machine to save President candidate: large State committed to the
business elite side by side, bosses Cameroon subsidiaries of large foreign
companies are sitting turbaned Lamidos with the heirs of the great wealthy
families showing up with generals and senior officers of the army in
uniform ceremonial … A huge reservoir of energy for champion: in every
election, it provides an implementation of the whole country, and a
considerable logistical and financial support. And if money is not an
issue , campaign spending is a closely guarded secret. According to some
indiscretions, the party would have paid over 3 billion CFA francs (4.6
million) in a Parisian communications agency and assigned a fifteen
billion CFA francs to buy gadgets campaign.
Pressed to give pledges of fidelity and victories in their ‘fiefs’
respective managers of the CPDM are often willing to do anything. Taken as
a collective amnesia, some forget that many party members now imprisoned.
In this assembly ruthless, it was banned “comrades” fell to have confused
the public treasury and personal cassette.
In opposition, the money was sorely lacking. The budgets were meager and
public funding (40,000 euros) insufficient. This explains the successive
failures, but only in part. The errors of the opponents are also important
in the victory of the incumbent. They once again wrongly the presidential
election as a referendum for or against Biya. The results have undeceived:
the boss of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), John Fru Ndi, came in
second with 10.71% of the votes and sits on a pedestal now shaky. He lost
his ability to mobilize the electorate in favor of “change” his campaign
theme repeatedly recycled. Adamou Ndam Njoya, fourth with 1.53% of the
vote, see unravel its grip on the base of ethno Nun, on which were his
party, the Democratic Union of Cameroon (UDC). Also huge defeat for
Jean-Jacques Ekindi, the Progressive Movement, ninth with 0.46% of the
vote. Polytechnique in burlesque style, he never knew about as urban,
rural forgetting, however, more likely to vote. Even the young Edith Kah
Walla , sixth with 0.72%, very active on social networks, ultimately did
not have more substance than hype.
Taulier between the opposition, we cordially detests. Ndam Njoya has still
not forgiven Fru Ndi to have maintained its bid after rejecting the
verdict that designated him Njoya, as candidate of the opposition in 2004.
Garga Haman Adji (third with 3.21%) may well be the only minister to have
stormed out of the government by conviction, he has never found favor in
the eyes of tenors who suspected, not without bad faith, run for power –
even if it is true that native Maroua cherish the dream of delight to the
English prime minister …
The veterans of the opposition are all the more unforgivable that they
knew what to expect. Ethnic rivalries and folds have prevented the
emergence of a coalition. However, no political party had the necessary
human, financial and logistics to deploy on the territory or to be
represented in the 24 000 polling stations and monitor the integrity of
the ballot. “They were almost absent in rural north. Miscalculation, they
staked everything on the big cities where abstention was unfortunately
very important, “says Gatama Guibas, regional director of the weekly
L’Oeil du Sahel. However, the three regions of the North up a third of all
voters. But rather than appeal to technocrats and other professionals of
electoral battles, they preferred to surround himself with family members
and increased errors. Unprepared, they lost the battle of credibility and
open an avenue to the outgoing president. For the fourth consecutive time.