Despite boycott and separatists violence, President Paul Biya –– one of world's oldest and longest-serving leaders, who has held a tight grip on power for 37 of his 86 years – is billed to win.
The recent sentencing of separatists is likely to fuel more anger and resentment among the Anglophone population and alienate them from the Francophone-dominated government, but the dialogue can reverse hard feelings.
Cameroon's anglophone minority has long complained of discrimination at the hands of the French-speaking majority. After separatists issued a declaration of independence for the state of Ambazonia, police staged a crackdown opposed to secession.
Protests came as a months-old movement against perceived marginalisation by the Francophone-dominated government picked up.
Children in Cameroon's English-speaking regions should be heading to school. But they've had to stay home over a boycott against the government's treatment of English speakers.
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