The AU on Wednesday called for "maximum restraint" in Cameroon after an opposition candidate’s declaration of victory following the weekend’s presidential vote. Ahead of the official results, Maurice Kamto, a leading opposition challenger with the MRC – the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon — declared himself winner of the Sunday elections. Kamto’s dramatic announcement came a day after the vote, which was marred by violence in restive anglophone regions, a low turnout and problems staging the ballot in the conflict-hit areas. With tensions running high over the vote, AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat called for both sides to avoid aggravating the situation. "The chairperson underlines the need for all political stakeholders to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any statement or action that could heighten tensions," Faki said, indicating he was following developments. "Any claim relating to the electoral process should be handled through the existing legal mecha...

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