Cameroon – Result of the presidential election (23 October 2018)

Cameroon’s Constitutional Council declared President Paul Biya the winner of the presidential election on October 7. France offers President Biya its best wishes for success during his next term in fulfilling the legitimate aspirations of the Cameroonian people for security, prosperity, and the full expression of their freedoms.

We note with satisfaction that overall, the presidential election unfolded calmly. We call for this climate of calm to continue and for legal procedures to be respected should the results be contested. We regret, however, that many Cameroonians were unable to express their choice, especially in the northwest and southwest of the country. We reiterate our condemnation of the acts of violence committed in these regions and renew our call for an inclusive political dialogue, the only way to resolve a crisis that has been exacerbated over the past year and which has consequences for the populations concerned. Together with other partners, France – which values Cameroon’s stability and unity – naturally stands ready to support any dialogue process that could be instituted for this purpose.

In this regard, France will continue to work with Cameroon, our friend and partner, to expand bilateral relations in every area. It will continue to support development in Cameroon that benefits the Cameroonian people.