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Cameroon opposition leader Kamto regains freedom

A military court in Cameroon has freed opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who had been in prison for nine months and facing charges of insurrection.

Mr Kamto was detained after organising protests in January against the result of last year’s presidential election.

Mr Kamto, running for the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), was his nearest challenger, gaining only 14.2% of the vote.

The MRC said the election result was rigged.

The Reuters news agency reports says government described the release of the opposition leader as a gesture of national reconciliation, the Reuters news agency reports.

Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto (L) sits in the back of a car as he is driven away on October 5, 2019, the day of his release from prison in Yaounde after a military court ordered his release (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

President Paul Biya is trying to bring together different sides in the three-year conflict in Cameroon’s two English-speaking provinces.

On Thursday, President Biya ordered all charges dropped against more than 300 people detained in connection with the Anglophone crisis.

But the decision failed to appease critics who say thousands more are locked up on trumped-up charges.

The military court says more than 100 people in detention are also now set for release “if they have not been detained for anything else”.

They include Biya’s former economic adviser, Christian Penda Ekoka, lawyer Michele Ndoki and rapper Valsero, well known for songs critical of the ruling establishment.

The National Dialogue made a number of proposals including giving more self-government to the affected North-West and South-West regions.

Maurice Kamto was arrested in January after leading protests against President Paul Biya

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