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Congo’s Nguesso to rule beyond 40 years after re-election victory

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is set to rule his country beyond four decades after securing a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. He won re-election by a landslide, with 89% of the vote, according to the country’s interior minister. The main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas – who died on Sunday after catching Covid-19 had 8%. The turnout was 67.55% and elections this year were held in a peaceful atmosphere. Republic of the Congo, Presidential election (preliminary results) Sassou-Nguesso (PCT, centre-left/authoritarian): 89%Kolélas (UDH-YUKI, centre):…

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Congo presidential candidate dies of Covid-19 in aircraft

– – The main contender to President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso in Sunday’s held presidential election, Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas has died of Covid-19. Kolelas died on Sunday while voting was underway after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19. His campaign officials said he tested positive for coronavirus on Friday while ending his campaign activities. The 61-year-old was diabetic, according to his campaign team. A day before the election Kolelas posted a video from his sickbed saying he was “battling against death”. – – He asked voters…

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Internet shutdown in Republic of Congo as voters elect a president

– – The internet has been shutdown on the day of voting in the Republic of Congo as voters choose a new president. Citizens can’t go online, send messages and make calls all in an attempt to prevent expression of opinions on the conduct of the polls via online. ⚠️ Confirmed: Internet has been shut down in the Republic of the #Congo on the day of presidential elections. Network data show a near-total collapse of national connectivity from midnight local time. The incident is ongoing as polls are due to…

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Congo’s 77-year-old leader Sassou Nguesso seeks fourth term

– – President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville is seeking a fourth term in office in this year’s presidential election. The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso first came to power 1979 but had a five-year break after losing elections in 1992. Nguesso was an opposition leader for five years and then came back to power during the Second Civil War (1997–1999) when his rebel forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba. He has since been in power, winning all presidential elections held since 2002. Nguesso supervised the change in constitution in a referendum in…

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