Gunfire, tear gas rock Congo anti-third term protests
Police have fired shots and tear gas in Congo’s capital, Brazzaville, in a clamp down on protests against the president’s bid for a third term.
Texting and internet services have been cut and public meetings have been banned ahead of a controversial referendum on Sunday, residents said.
The vote is aimed at pushing through changes to the constitution such as scrapping age and two-term limits.
This would allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso, 71, to run for office again.
Nguesso first came to power in 1979 and ruling until 1992 when he lost elections. He returned as president in 1997 after a civil war and has since won two elections.
An opposition coalition had planned to hold a rally in the city centre to protest against the proposals to be put to a referendum on Sunday.
Angry youths have burnt tyres in Brazzaville’s Bacongo and Makelekele districts, sending plumes of smoke into the sky, the AFP reports. Canada’s Liberal Party has decisively won a general election, ending nearly a decade of Conservative rule.
The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but in a stunning turnaround now command a majority.
Mr Trudeau, the 43-yearold son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said Canadians had voted for real change.
Incumbent Conservative PM Stephen Harper - in power since 2006 - has congratulated his rival.
Justin Trudeau is son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, considered the father of modern Canada.
Addressing jubilant supporters, Mr Trudeau said Canadians had “sent a clear message tonight: It’s time for a change”.
He also praised Mr Harper for his service to the country.
Denis Sassou Nguesso