Normalcy returns to Cameroon

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Normalcy was gradually returning to Cameroon Friday after a four-day strike called by transporters to protest rising fuel prices. The strike sparked riots that led to the death of 17 people, according to independent sources. On Friday morning, taxis were back on the streets in the capital, Yaounde, which still shows signs of Wednesday’s violent demonstrations. Late Wednesday, President Paul Biya warned that the government would do eveything to ensure that “the law prevails”, while blaming the opposition for using the transporters’ strike for political ends. Security forces remains on high alert in key places across the country, especially filling stations which have run out of supplies. The demands of the transporters union for lower fuel prices, which triggered the crisis, are expected to be met as soon as the filling stations are re-supplied. On Tuesday evening, the government decided to drop the cost of petrol from FCFA600 to FCFA594, that of diesel from FCFA500 to FCFA445 and the price of kerosine from FCFA400 to FCFA375. Panapress.

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