Polls: Cameroon's ruling party declared winner
18 October 2013, 10:41
Yaounde - Cameroon's Supreme Court says President Paul
Biya's party retained its control of the National Assembly in last month's
Results revealed on Thursday showed the Cameroon People's
Democratic Movement took 148 of 180 seats. The Social Democratic Front led by
John Fru Ndi came in second with 18 seats.
The court is the body that ratifies the results.
Biya marks 31 years in office next month. His party has won
elections going back to Cameroon's first multiparty vote in 1992, though fraud
allegations are common.
Opposition candidates claimed this year that a new biometric
voter registration system was vulnerable to fraud and criticized the government
for the late distribution of campaign funds.
Biya has said the 30 September vote showcased the democratic
"maturity" of this African nation of 21 million.