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Cameroons ruling party retains absolute majority after contentious election

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President Paul Biyas party has retained an absolute majority in Cameroons parliament, the constitutional council announced Friday after the controversial February 9 vote.

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His Cameroon Peoples Democratic Movement (RDPC) won 139 out of 167 declared seats on “moderate” turnout of almost 46 percent, said the councils president, Clement Atangana.

Elections were cancelled in 13 other seats, in Cameroons troubled anglophone regions, and are to be held at a later date.

In the outgoing parliament, elected in 2013, the RDPC had 148 seats.

Atangana said an RDPC ally, the National Union for Democracy and Progress (UNDP), won seven seats.

The biggest opposition party in the outgoing assembly, the Social Democratic Front, which had 18 seats in the outgoing assembly, has seen its share fall to just five.

Voting day in the Central African Republic was overshadowed by the crisis in two regions where anglophone separatists have declared independence from the majority French-speaking country.

Separatist fighters had called on people there to boycott the poll and issued threats to anyone who planned to vote.

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