Africa Politics & Current Affairs

Congo Brazzaville’s president Sassou Nguesso takes early poll lead

Longtime President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, appears on course to win a fourth term, according to early results on Monday, as vote counting continues and despite the death of his main rival.

Sunday’s presidential election was overshadowed by the sudden death of his main rival Guy, Brice Parfait Kolelas, who passed away on polling day.

Provisional official results from 35 polling stations indicated that Sassou Nguesso, 77, was on track for a landslide first-round victory.

According to reprts; Final results are expected later this week tallies from about 40% of the 86 districts showed that Sassou Nguesso is ahead and in some areas won 100% of the vote.

In the Poto-Poto district of the capital Brazzaville, he had picked up 89.15 percent of the vote, according to figures issued by the electoral commission.

Mellisa Sithole.


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