Cameroon ruling party slams opposition

2011-10-18 14:08

Yaounde - Cameroonian President Paul Biya's ruling party on Tuesday accused the opposition of attempting to destabilise the country by calling for protests unless the October 09 elections are nullified.

"The Cameroonian people went to the polls in orderly and peaceful fashion and, in the same spirit, are now expecting the results to be announced," the Cameroon People's Democratic Movement (RDPC) said in a statement.

"Meanwhile, inexplicably and in contempt of republican law, some political parties are issuing unacceptable and unjustifiable calls for disorder and violence," said the statement, carried by the Cameroon Tribune, a regime mouthpiece.

Paul Biya's top challenger in the October 09 polls, Joh Fru Ndi, and six other opposition candidates on Monday called for mass protests unless the vote is invalidated over fraud allegations.

The results have yet to be announced but the 78-year-old Biya, who has been in power 29 years, was widely expected to secure a sixth term after an election his rivals branded a masquerade.

"Nothing could justify such provocation, manipulation and verbal escalation," the RDPC statement said, urging Cameroonians in general and its supporters in particular to "remain vigilant".

Cameroon's opposition had warned even before the vote that Biya had locked down the entire electoral process in his favour and described polling on October 09 as "chaotic" and riddled with irregularities.

France, which backed Biya's rise to power three decades ago, said it had no reason to believe the ballot was egregiously flawed.