Date:21 Mar 2017
#Congo: Opposition Leader Forms New Political Party to Challenge Incumbent
Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, the The runner up of last year’s presidential election in the Republic of Congo has formed and launched a new political party called the “Union of Humanist Democrats” (UDH-Yuki).
Kolelas was unsuccessful in his quest to be the next president of the Republic of Congo during the March 2016 polls as an independent candidate garnering just about 15% of votes cast.
“Today we have witnessed the birth of the Union of Yuki Humanist Democrats. The UDH-Yuki was born largely from the ashes of the political party founded by Bernard Kolélas and his companions,” Kolelas said during the launch of the party.
With the creation of his own political party, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas has severed all relationship he had with the Congolese Movement for Democracy that was created by his late father Bernard Kolelas, where he faced numerous succession challenges.
The Republic of Congo sometimes referred to as Congo-Brazzaville elected Denis Sassou Nguesso - one of Africa's longest-serving leaders – during the last elections for a seven- year term.
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