Thousands of supporters welcomed opposition leader Maurice Kamto as he left prison after nine months behind bars. In a surprise move, President Paul Biya had ordered a halt to military proceedings.
Cameroon's main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, addressed hundreds of supporters after leaving the Yaounde prison on Saturday, following President Paul Biya's request to prosecutors to drop charges against him.
"We are here today thanks to your constant support," he said.
"I saw you even when you couldn't see me," he said, adding that "if some people think that our liberation means the end of our struggle, they have understood nothing."
Kamto has claimed he is the real winner of last year's presidential election, despite official results putting the 86-year-old Biya far ahead. Biya has ruled Cameroon for nearly 37 years and is currently in his seventh term.
Kamto and hundreds of members of his Cameroon Renaissance Movement had been arrested for protesting the outcome of the October 2018 vote. Kamto was put on trial before a military tribunal on charges that included insurrection, rebellion and hostility to the motherland.
In a surprise move this week, however, Biya ordered prosecutors to drop charges against a number of opposition leaders, including Kamto.