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Cameroon Supreme Court Confirms Biya's Election

Cameroon's President Paul Biya waves to supporters during the opening of his party conference, in Yaounde, on September 15, 2011.
Cameroon's President Paul Biya waves to supporters during the opening of his party conference, in Yaounde, on September 15, 2011.

Cameroon's Supreme Court has declared incumbent President Paul Biya the winner of this month's election despite opposition calls to throw out the vote because of fraud allegations.

Biya was reelected to a sixth term with 78 percent of the vote.

The court's confirmation Friday comes a day after rejecting calls by opposition candidates, including John Fru Ndi, who got 10 percent of vote, to annul the October 9 election.

Biya, who is 78, ran against 22 candidates.  His government amended the constitution in 2008 to allow him to seek another seven year term.

President Biya's 29 years in power makes him one of Africa's longest serving presidents.

AP and AFP

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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