Armed with new constitution, Congo leader in hurry for re-election

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been in office since 1997Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso said Tuesday he wants a presidential election to be held several months early, after a new constitution removed age and term limits obstructing his bid to extend his rule. Under the controversial new charter adopted after a referendum in October, an election was due to be held in the Republic of Congo next July, but he said he wanted to bring it forward to the first quarter of 2016 to usher in a “new dynamic” following the referendum. “Speeding up Congo’s march on the path of its development is a concern for all,” he said, adding that he had instructed the interior ministry to draft legislation to bring the vote forward.

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