Congo backs Nguesso 3rd-term bid by land­slide

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

More than 92% of vot­ers in Congo-Braz­zav­ille’s ref­er­en­dum have ap­proved con­sti­tu­tional changes to al­low Pres­i­dent De­nis Sas­sou Nguesso to run for a third term, re­sults show.

Un­der the cur­rent con­sti­tu­tion, the pres­i­dent has been un­able to seek re-elec­tion be­cause he is over the age of 70 and has al­ready served two terms.

The op­po­si­tion say turnout was low and the vote should be an­nulled.

More than 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple voted in favour of the change 92.3% of vot­ers - while nearly 102,000 re­jected it, the elec­toral com­mis­sion said.

Nguesso, 71, first com­ing to power in 1979 and rul­ing un­til 1992 when he lost elec­tions. He re­turned in 1997 af­ter a civil war and has since won two elec­tions. He is now com­ing to the end of his sec­ond seven-year term.

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