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    International Crisis Group urges the African Union to send a team to observe the presidential elections in Cameroon this year.

    In a report released on January 17, 2018, the International Crisis Group (ICG) presents the seven priorities for the African Union (AU) for 2018, which is an election year for several African countries.

    The NGO says that in 2018, the African Union (AU) and the new President of the AU Assembly, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, will have the opportunity to implement essential institutional reforms of the AU .

    "However, they must not lose sight of the organization's conflict prevention and resolution objectives and its role in mitigating possible election-related violence ," says the ICG.

    The Organization notes that Cameroon is facing a "growing" Anglophone crisis in the north-west and south-west regions, that the government is already mobilized by the fight against Boko Haram in the Far North and against militias of the Central African Republic (CAR) in the east of the country, which continue to wreak havoc in the neighboring country (CAR).

    "The troubles in the English-speaking areas are the symptoms of a nascent insurgency that could trigger a wider political crisis that could disrupt the elections scheduled for October ." 

    According to the ICG, the African Union's priority in this election year is "to advance electoral preparations" by sending teams of observers "upstream" to Cameroon.

    The NGO indicates that the AU and other international organizations should encourage the Cameroonian Government and the English-speaking separatists to "engage in dialogue and create the conditions for a credible vote ".

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