Congo votes over Nguesso third-term

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Congo-Brazzaville is hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional changes that would al­low Pres­i­dent De­nis Sas­sou Nguesso to stand for a third term.

Op­po­si­tion lead­ers have called for a boy­cott af­ter a num­ber of pro­test­ers died in clashes with se­cu­rity forces.

Un­der the cur­rent con­sti­tu­tion, the pres­i­dent can­not seek re-elec­tion be­cause he is over the age of 70 and has al­ready served two terms. Pres­i­dent Sas­sou Nguesso first came to power in 1979.

He is now com­ing to the end of his sec­ond seven-year term. He won the last elec­tion 2009 with nearly 79% of the vote in a poll boy­cotted by half the op­po­si­tion can­di­dates.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple took part in a peace­ful demon­stra­tion against the ref­er­en­dum in Septem­ber.

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