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CONGO – Denis Sassou Nguesso is re-elected with 88, 57% of the votes

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As he announced loudly during the campaign, incumbent Denis Sassou Nguesso, 77, has been brought for a fourth term as head of the Republic of the Congo. With an overwhelming majority of valid votes cast, 88.57% according to the provisional results of the electoral commission announced on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. The outgoing president, candidate for his own succession, will add five more years to the 36 years already spent in the election. head of this country of 5.2 million inhabitants.

With a satisfactory participation rate of 66.55%, Denis Sassou Nguesso comes out ahead without much surprise. Its main opponent, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who died of Covid-19 the day after the election, only had 7.84% of the vote.

The opponent Mathias Dzon meanwhile won 1.90% of the vote, he denounces shortcomings in the conduct of the ballot across the country. For him, the fraud is obvious. He thus intends to lodge an appeal with the Constitutional Council for the outright cancellation of the ballot. On the other hand, the outgoing head of state welcomed the electoral process of the Sunday March 21 poll. After fulfilling his civic duty, he said: “It is in a climate of peace that the electoral campaign took place. I believe that this is a good sign for our democracy. […] I hope that the process continues in this way until the end. “

According to the figures communicated by the Minister of the Interior, Denis Sassou Nguesso came very far in the lead in all of the 108 sub-prefectures of the country, with the exception of those of Kinkala and Louingui, in the Pool, and of ‘a district of Brazzaville (Makélékélé), all won by Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas.

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Denis Sassou Nguesso has been at the head of Congo Brazzaville since 1979. With the amendment of the Constitution in 2015 which abrogates the term limits, he can still stand for the presidential elections of 2026.

       

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