Tchakoute Patie Elected New Bar President

This was during the general assembly of the Bar association which ended yesterday in Douala

Patie Tchakoute has been elected the new president of the Cameroon bar after beating the incumbent who stood for re-election. Tchakoute won a landslide victory in the election of the council members forcing the incumbent, Ngnie Kamga to withdraw from the race for the presidency after realizing he was largely out paced by the challenger. The lawyers started with the election of Barrister Evaristus Morfaw Nkafu as president of the general assembly in replacement of Barrister Nico Halle who didn’t stand for re-re-election. Then followed the election of the 15 members of the Bar council from among whom the president of the Bar is elected. Though any of the fifteen members can run for the post of president no matter their position on the ranking, the incumbent withdrew after realizing Tchakoute took 1098 votes from the 2535 that were up for grab. It is worthy to note that he did not only withdraw from the race for the post of president but also withdrew as a member of the council and was replaced by Mohamadou Soulemane from the Far North who occupied the 15th position.
The election took place under a tense atmosphere as members probed into the financial record, accusing the outgoing team of financial misappropriation prompting deliberations which were supposed to last one day to run from Saturday to Sunday evening with participants working through the night. The premises of the Castel Hall in Douala where the meeting took place was transformed to a mini trade fair as vendors assailed the vicinity proposing food items to replenish the drooping spirits of the lawyers in attendance. Beer parlours around the area also made brisk business as people drank till dawn causing some off licenses to run out of stock of beer.

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