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Indictment of Cameroonian opposition leader raises likelihood of anti-government protests and indicates limited increase in administration instability

18 February 2019


Maurice Kamto, leader of the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun: MRC), was charged on 12 February by the military court in Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, with "insurrection" and "rebellion" for leading anti-government demonstrations on 26 January.

He was arrested on 28 January and remains in detention in a high-security prison awaiting trial. More than 100 MRC supporters have since been indicted. The January demonstrations marked the first significant opposition activity since October, when the MRC staged protests following President Paul Biya's 7 October presidential election victory. Kamto rejected the result after coming second to Biya with 14% of the vote, claiming the election result was invalid due to fraud and rigging.

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