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Local elections in Cameroon have been delayed for the second time after an initial delay in 2018.

A declaration to that effect sanctioned by Cameroon’s President Paul Biya was read on state radio on Monday.

The elections would now take place in February 2020, according to the declaration with no reasons given.

The declaration read “The mandate of municipal councillors elected on September 30, 2013 has been extended until February 29, 2020.”

AFP reports that some government officials believe legislative elections could also be delayed in order to hold both elections at the same time to cut costs.

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Cameroon is currently facing a security crisis with separatist groups from the English speaking regions fighting for independence.

There have been security crackdowns leading to civilian deaths, forcing some to flee their homes.

Camerooneans in the English speaking regions say the French-dominated speaking country has discriminated against them for years.

Last year President, Paul Biya was been sworn in for his seventh term at the age of 85.

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At an inauguration ceremony Biya pledged to uphold the “integrity” and “unity” of his country.

He will end his tenure at the age of 92. Biya came into power in 1982 when his predecessor then retired.

Biya became president after serving as prime minister for seven years. President Biya supervised over the scraping of term limits from the Cameroon constitution in 2008.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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