Nguesso of the Congo re-elected with 88.57% of the votes, to continue the 36-year reign

The veteran president of the Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, has been re-elected with 88.57 percent of the vote, according to provisional results published on Tuesday.

Sassou Nguesso, 77, has been in power for a cumulative 36 years, first assuming command of the central African state in 1979.

His landslide victory in the first round, announced by the Interior Minister citing figures from the electoral commission, was highly anticipated.

Sunday’s vote had been boycotted by the main opposition and overshadowed by the Covid death of Sassou Nguesso’s only great rival, 61-year-old Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, who got 7.84 percent of the vote.

The participation stood at 67.55 percent.

Sassou Nguesso, one of the world’s longest-serving rulers, has long been accused by critics of authoritarian rule and of turning a blind eye to corruption, poverty and inequality despite the country’s oil wealth.

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