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Monday, November 3, 1997 Published at 18:08 GMT



World: Monitoring

Opposition MPs boycott Cameroon president swearing-in

Cameroon's President Paul Biya was sworn in for another seven-year term in the capital Yaounde on Monday, Gabonese Africa No 1 radio reported.

Sixty-three opposition members of parliament boycotted the swearing-in ceremony, the radio said.

They included members of the Social Democratic Front, the National Union for Democracy and Progress, and the Cameroon Democratic Union.

Biya appealed to the opposition in his address to parliament to join with the government "in order to effectively contribute to the great task of economic development and social progress as well as the consolidation of national unity and cohesion," the radio said.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.








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