Africa Politics & Current Affairs

Congo security forces vote in upcoming presidential poll

Security forces in the Republic of Congo cast their ballots Wednesday ahead of presidential elections in which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is frontrunner.

According to reports, a polling station opened in the southern city of Dolisie, where 1,203 soldiers, police and gendarmes were scheduled to vote, a civic duty in this country. Also called Congo-Brazzaville, the republic is an oil-rich but also poverty-stricken neighbor of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sassou Nguesso, bidding for a fourth term, is a 77-year-old retired general who first ruled from 1979 to 1992 before returning at the end of a civil war in 1997. Henri Bouka, president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), said there were between 55,000 and 60,000 votes cast across the country.

Mellisa Sithole.

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