Cameroon govt releases political prisoners

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Cameroon government has released 52 opposition activists who were being detained and prosecuted for protesting against the re-election of President Paul Biya, say reports.

The protests were held against 85-year-old Biya, who has been ruling the country for 36 years, as he was elected for the seventh term, with a 71 per cent share of the vote, according to the disputed results.

In the election, Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) candidate Maurice Kamto came a distant second with just a 14 per cent vote share. Kamto rejected the result, alleging widespread fraud.

Reports have said that Kamto were kept under house arrest.

There was also largescale violence during the election, especially because of a secessionist uprising in the anglophone Northwest and Southwest regions of the Francophone-dominated country.

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