Long-time Republic of Congo leader now can seek re-election

2015-10-27 16:19


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Brazzaville - Official results show voters have approved changes to the constitution that will allow Republic of Congo's long-time leader to seek another term.

President Denis Sassou Nguesso would have been barred from seeking re-election as he is already 71 and the constitution had had a 70-year-old limit.

On Tuesday, election officials said that more than 92% of voters had approved the constitutional changes in Sunday's referendum. The opposition, though, has raised questions about the poll, calling it a "constitutional coup."

Republic of Congo borders the enormous nation known as Congo. Sassou Nguesso first served as president from 1979 until a 1992 election defeat. He later seized power in 1997 following a civil war and then won an election in 2002 and was re-elected in 2009.

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