Citizens of Cameroon, a nation situated along Africa’s Central Coast, will go to the polls on October 7, 2018, in what appears to be one of the most uncertain presidential elections the country has faced. In his bid for reelection, incumbent President, Paul Biya, is facing opposition from eight additional candidates.
Cameroon’s 2018 presidential election will take place in a country described by Crux News as one: “experiencing serious turmoil: A secessionist uprising to the west; Boko Haram attacks to the north, and a limitless stream of refugees flowing from the Central African.” According to the International Crisis Group, it appears that Cameroon Catholic clergy is the only prospective peacemakers.
In August the Bishops issued a pastoral letter calling for a peaceful presidential election stating: “according to the teachings of the church, the people should be at liberty to exercise their sovereignty by freely, peacefully and responsibly choosing their leaders.” Their peace efforts came under fire by critics who accused them of working against the reelection of 85-year old Biya who has been in power for the past 35 years.
Cameroon’s Bishops followed up their August pastoral letter with a mid-September news conference. Speaking during the conference, Msgr. Samuel Kleda, President of the National Episcopal Conference stated: “Cameroonians must vote for a leader who will be able to address the current socio-political crisis, economic challenges and other problems bedeviling the country.”
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