Kamerun National Congress

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The Kamerun National Congress (KNC) was a political party in British Cameroons.

History[edit]

The KNC was established in 1952 as a merger of two pro-unification parties, the Kamerun United National Congress and the Cameroons National Federation.[1]

The party's leaders included E. M. L. Endeley, Salomon Tandeng Muna, John Ngu Foncha and Sampson George. However, with Endeley leading the party towards a pro-Nigerian stance, Foncha led a breakaway group to form the Kamerun National Democratic Party (KNDP) in 1955.[2] Another breakaway led to the formation of the Kamerun People's Party (KPP).[1]

The KNC received 45% of the vote in the 1957 parliamentary elections, winning six of the 13 seats and emerging as the largest party in the House of Representatives.[3] The 1959 elections saw the KNC run in an alliance with the KPP. The alliance received 37% of the vote, winning 12 of the 26 seats, of which the KNC took eight.[4] However, the KNDP won the elections with 14 seats.

The KNC and KPP merged in 1960 to form the Cameroon People's National Convention.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mark Dike DeLancey, Rebecca Neh Mbuh & Mark W DeLancey (2010) Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon, Scarecrow Press, p215
  2. ^ a b DeLancey et al, p216
  3. ^ Sternberger, D, Vogel, B, Nohlen, D & Landfried, K (1969) Die Wahl der Parlamente: Band II: Afrika, Erster Halbband, p913
  4. ^ Elections in Cameroon African Elections Database