Leader accused of scoring own goal after claiming victory
Even if you score a penalty, you don’t necessarily win the match at the end
Cameroon’s interior minister, Paul Atanga Nji, warned on Tuesday that "scoring a goal" is not "winning the match" after an opposition leader used a football metaphor to claim victory in presidential polls. Maurice Kamto, candidate of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC) party, said on Monday he "was charged with taking a penalty, I took it, and I scored", proclaiming himself the victor of weekend polls. He gave no evidence for his claim. Sunday’s vote, at which Kamto headed a partial opposition coalition, was marked by violence in restive Anglophone regions, low turnout and difficulties staging the ballot in the conflict-torn areas. "Even if you score a penalty, you don’t necessarily win the match at the end," Atanga Nji told AFP, calling Kamto’s announcement a "non-event". By law each polling station must submit its results, after verification by the Elecam electoral commission, to the constitutional court, which is responsible for announcing the final, official tally wit...