Congo's longtime leader hails his re-election

2016-03-24 22:07
Incumbent President Denis Sassou N'Guesso casts his vote in Brazaville. (AP)

Incumbent President Denis Sassou N'Guesso casts his vote in Brazaville. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Brazzaville - Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou N'Guesso hailed his re-election as "the real will of the people" on Thursday, one day after a leading opposition candidate accused him of cheating.

Sassou N'Guesso's first-round win with 60% of the vote was announced on state television just after 03:00, though election officials had provided provisional results to journalists earlier in the week. The results must now be validated by the Constitutional Court.

"I will always be at the side of the people," Sassou N'Guesso said in brief remarks after the early morning announcement. He has ruled the Central African country since 1979, though he was out of power for five years beginning in 1992 after losing the first multi-party vote.

Sunday's poll came five months after a constitutional referendum removed term and age limits that would have barred the 72-year-old leader from running.

The run-up to the October referendum featured clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces, though the recent election period was calm.

Opposition politician Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas came in second with 15%. Gen. Jean Marie Michel Mokoko, former chief of staff of the armed forces, trailed close behind with nearly 14%.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Mokoko said he would not accept the results, raising the possibility of demonstrations.

"If the government persists in cheating, then we will be obliged to seek recourse with the people so that they understand the consequences of their vote being stolen," Mokoko said.

Read more on:    republic of congo

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.