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Date:26 Jan 2016
Congo: Governing party okays president for a third term bid

[AEP] Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, was on Monday officially named as the presidential candidate for ruling party to run for a third term in the March election after amendment of the nation’s constitution 3 months ago.

As one of the Continent’s longest serving leaders, President Nguesso, has ruled the oil-rich nation cumulatively for almost 32 years and is widely expected to win the March poll.

A statement from the party said "The PCT's Central Committee confirms the candidacy of Denis Sassou Nguesso for the presidential election on March 20, 2016."

Opposition parties have conditionally decided to participate in the elections despite shunning a constitutional referendum in October which was characterised by anti-government protest that claimed some 4 lives. Sassou Nguesso now joins the lists of African leaders whose bid to extend their terms have been met with protest and wide condemnation.


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