Cameroon's main journalists' union accused the government on Friday of trying to silence media coverage of anti-government riots after police shut down a popular radio station that aired criticism of the president. Magic FM 94, a private radio station in the capital Yaounde, was closed down by armed gendarmes on Thursday.
Anti-government riots spread to Cameroon's capital, Yaoundé, on Wednesday and police in the port of Douala also fired tear gas at protesters angry over high fuel and food prices. After four days of unrest that killed at least six people in western towns, including Douala, rioters blocked streets in Yaoundé with barricades of burning tyres and timber.
Veteran Cameroon President Paul Biya's ruling party retained a sweeping majority in Parliament in last month's legislative elections, albeit with slightly fewer seats, official results showed on Friday. The country's Supreme Court said Biya's Cameroon People's Democratic Movement had won 140 of 180 seats in the National Assembly in the July 22 polls.
Veteran Cameroon President Paul Biya's ruling party routed the opposition in parliamentary elections on the weekend that his main opponents have already denounced as a sham, provisional results showed on Tuesday. Biya's Cameroon People's Democratic Movement secured a crushing majority of 152 of the 180 National Assembly seats.
A hunter in Cameroon has discovered the wreckage of a South African six-seater aircraft and two charred bodies on a mountainside three months after it disappeared, government officials said on Tuesday. The twin-engine Piper PA-34 went missing on February 24 after losing contact with air-traffic control during a flight from Togo to Cameroon's city of Douala.
The pilot of a Kenya Airways plane that crashed in Cameroon this month decided to take off in stormy weather while other flights waited for conditions to improve, Cameroon's civil aviation chief said on Tuesday. Cameroon has launched an investigation into the crash of the six-month-old Boeing 737-800.
The wreckage of a Kenya Airways plane that crashed with 114 people on board was found in a swamp a short distance from Cameroon's Douala airport on Sunday, officials said, but there was no word of any survivors. The Boeing 737-800, carrying passengers from more than 20 countries, vanished on Saturday shortly after taking off from Douala for Nairobi in torrential rain.
The head of cellphone giant MTN in Cameroon, Campbell Utton (51), was among those aboard the Kenya Airways Boeing 737-800 that went missing over Cameroon, media reports said on Sunday. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was carrying 114 people from more than 20 countries, went missing on Saturday after leaving Douala airport.