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Last Updated: Monday, 25 October, 2004, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
Cameroon leader's win confirmed
Cameroon President Paul Biya
Paul Biya has been president since 1982
The Supreme Court in Cameroon has confirmed the re-election of incumbent President Paul Biya, taking more than 70% of the estimated 3.7 million votes.

The court announced the final result after rejecting a complaint by opposition parties, who allege widespread fraud and irregularities.

Mr Biya will serve another seven-year term having already led for 22 years.

His nearest rival, John Fru Ndi of the Social Democratic Front, gained just over 17% of the vote, the results show.

OFFICIAL RESULTS
70.9% - Paul Biya
17.4% - John Fru Ndi
4.5% - Adamou Ndam Njoya
3.7% - Garga Haman Adji
Source: Agence France Presse

Most international observers said the election was well run and transparent, except for the Paris-based Federation of Human Rights Leagues which alleges irregularities.

The 71-year-old president came to power in 1982 and won the last election with 93% of the vote after the opposition staged a boycott.

Following a 1996 amendment, Cameroon's president can only serve two terms.


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