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Anti-secessionist association reemerges

The anti-secessionist anglophone South West Elite Association (SWELA) has reemerged to oppose a group from Western Cameroon that wants independence for the former British-run territory, AFP quoted ‘The Herald’ newspaper as saying on Thursday.

The idea for the re-launch of SWELA came from the anglophone prime minister, Peter Mafany Musonge, AFP quoted sources close to the anglophone opposition as saying. A new secretary-general, Lyonga Efase Kanga, has been named head of the association.

Many English-speaking Cameroonians feel they have been marginalised by the French-speaking majority since independence and wish to exert more control over their own affairs.

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