By Eric Tataw – Tuesday March 19, 2019.
The President of Kazakhstan, a Central Asian country and former Soviet republic that extends from the Caspian Sea in the West to the Altai Mountains at its Eastern border with China and Russia has resigned, National Telegraph has gathered.
President Nursultan Nazarbaev, 78 made this announcement, Tuesday March 19, 2019 on state television. The resignation of the Kazakh President comes after nearly 30 years in power, statistics have shown.
“I have decided to end my duties as president,” Nazarbaev said while addressing Kazakhs. According to parts of his address, he would transition to lead the country’s security council after his resignation.
Nazarbayev became President of Kazakhstan since 1990 and was on his fifth term when he resigned. The Speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reports say would handle the presidency until a new president is elected.
Meanwhile, in Cameroon, a Central African country, President Paul Biya who’s 86 and has been President since 1982 has constantly changed the constitution to remain in power.
Paul Biya has consistently used the military to intimidate political opponents, in which case, some have been killed and many more imprisoned.
Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) has been officially charged on eight (8) counts including facing a death penalty.
Kamto competed in the Cameroon’s Presidential Elections and went on to declare he won. He later challenged the results at the country’s Constitutional Council where the Council’s ruling was considered by many Cameroonians as jaundiced.
Kamto believes the Electoral Commission imputed figures to favour the incumbent especially as elections were boycotted in the North West and South West Regions buried in an armed conflict.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the behest of Kamto, Cameroonians observed peaceful demonstrations in Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam and in other cities. A mammoth crowd attended the protest, denouncing what they term Electoral Holdup.
As a reaction from the Biya Regime, Prof Maurice Kamato, his closest party aides and allies and several other party activists were arrested at about 9:30 PM, Monday, January 28, 2019, at the residence of a party official situated at Mobile Guinness, Douala III Sub-division, Wouri Division in Cameroon’s Littoral Region before they were ferried to Yaoundé, the country’s capital where they’re now standing trial.
In the Two English-speaking regions of Cameroon where majority of the population is asking for an independent state called Ambazonia after accumulated grievances added to government’s poor handling of the crisis turned a peaceful protest into an armed conflict, Paul Biya has given firm instructions to the military to burn down houses in almost all villages, kill unarmed civilians in order to subdue the rebellion.