Africa Politics & Current Affairs

Hints of lawsuit to overturn results made by Congolese opposition candidate

In the Republic of Congo, one of the contesting opposition candidates in the recently held presidential election has said he will file a lawsuit to overturn the results.

Mathias Dzon, a former finance minister, who got 1.9 percent of votes said on Monday that he will file his election petition at the country’s Constitutional Court but did not say when this will happen. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, 77, was re-elected with 88.57 percent of votes, according to provisional results released Tuesday. Sunday’s election was boycotted by the main opposition.

It was overshadowed by the death of main rival, Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas, on polling day. On polling day, access to the internet, social media as well as text messages was cut while in the center of the capital Brazzaville, shops were closed and only security vehicles were seen. In some areas voters complained that their names were not on the electoral list.

The victory, placing Sassou Nguesso on course for another five-year term, marks his fourth election win since 2002.

Sisanda Mpiti.

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