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Cameroon Opposition Parties Disagree  Over A Return To Federalism In The Country

The UNDP, the UPC, the MP or the FSNC took advantage of the UNDP Congress to give their positions on the subject.

Several opposition parties attended the 6th Ordinary Congress of the National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP) held on February 25, 2017 in Yaoundé.

The event was used as an opportunity for these political formations to respond to calls for a return to federalism which had earlier on been issued by some, following the crisis that is currently shaking  the English-speaking Regions of the country.

These positions are relayed in The New Expression (LNE) published on 27 February.

Federalism is out of question, the Union of Populations of Cameroon (UPC) insisted. Basile Louka, the Secretary General of the historic party of Cameroon, called on "all political formations whose roots are deep in the history of our country, we ask them to join hands so that Cameroon remains united, democratic , Decentralized, through dialogue ".

In the same vein, Henri Hogbe Nlend, chairman of the General Council of the same party, declared: "We have fought for Cameroon to be united and now we are fighting for it to be disunited," said the former  Minister. The position of the MP (Progressive Movement) is similar. According to its coordinator, Jean Jacques Ekindi, "the union of citizens is the only one capable of saving our country. What is happening in the south-west and north-west region, in the extreme north, in the east, goes beyond the simple convictions of political parties and fundamentally challenges of each other ".

The gathering i also witnessed the attendence of members of the Front for the National Salvation of Cameroon (FSNC). Issa Tchiroma, its president urged "the President of the Republic not to shrink from any difficulty for the search for solutions," said the Minister of Communication. At UNDP, it is also believed that federalism is not the solution to the problem.

"Everyone must participate and be aware that there is one thing that goes beyond all of us, it is first of all the foundation of the country.

Our country, whose sons and daughters, decided on reunification over 55 years ago must remain the one dreamed up by founding fathers, "Maigari Bello Bouba said. Opinions contrary to that of the SDF is is stronly advocating for a reurn to the fedral state of the country.

John Fru Ndi's SDF party reiterated the party's position: "In the SDF, we advocate federalism. To get out of this phase, we are calling for a constitutional conference, "Ibrahim Alhadji said.

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