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Judges at the International Criminal Court will have ruled on Tuesday over former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s request to be acquitted and released after more than seven years in custody.
Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared the surprise winner of last month’s presidential election.
Soldiers in Gabon took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday and read a short statement announcing the establishment of a “National Restoration Council” in the absence of the country’s ailing president, Ali Bongo.
A New Year's address by Bongo "reinforced doubts about the president's ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office," said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.
An AFP correspondent said shots were fired near the radio station in the centre of Libreville, capital of the oil-rich West African nation, with military vehicles blocking access to the site.
In a video circulating on social media, Ondo Obiang is seen in a radio studio wearing military fatigues and a green beret as he reads the statement, which was broadcast at around 4:30 am local time (5:30 am GMT). Two other soldiers with large assault rifles stand behind him.
Ondo Obiang called on the military and Gabonese youth to join his movement and occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.
"If you are eating, stop; if you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours... rise up as one and take control of the street," he said in his radio message.
FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AFP
Calls are already growing in some quarters for the Opposition, which for the most part has rejected Biya’s coronation, to pick up the pieces and move on. They are being told to look forward; and be better prepared for the upcoming legislative elections. They are being led to believe that they could make up for this loss by pulling off the legislative elections, if they just focus on future opportunities and be better prepared, rather than sulking over present losses. This is where I agree with Edith Kah Wallah who, from personal experience, long ago realised how naïve and futile this thinking is.
Biya is 85 years old and has held office for 36 years. Despite his advanced age, ELECAM and the Constitutional Council validated one of the most shambolic electoral exercises in world history.These results were already viral on social media a week before the proclamation of results and were announced over BBC Afrique. congratulatory messages from President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea few days before the proclamation of results.
- Paul Biya : 71,28%
- Maurice Kamto : 14,23%
- Cabral Libii : 6,28%
- Joshua Osih : 3,35%
- Ndam Njoya : 1,73%
- Garga Harman : 1,55%
- Ndifor Frankline : 0,67%
- Serge Espouse Matomba : 0,56%
- Akere Muna : 0,35%
Cameroonians both home and in the diaspora are disgruntled with the outcome of the 2018 presidential elections, characterized with fraud and elections mal-practices. Despite the 18 petitions tabled at the Constitutional council to cancel the elections by some presidential candidates were labelled inadmissible. Biya won by landslide victory in the two English speaking regions (North west & Southwest) who are witnessing a crisis for more than a year with hundreds of deaths recorded. These regions boycotted the elections, yet thousands of votes were announced in favour of the incumbent by the Constitutional Council to have voted during the elections.
IF elections were boycotted, then, who voted in these regions? GHOSTS?
The MRC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Maurice KAMTO officiel JUST POSTED A COMMUNIQUE OF HIS FACEBOOK IN RELATION TO THE LEAKED ELECTION RESULTS