Communications cut as Congo leader seeks to extend 32-year rule

Incumbent Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso casts his ballot at a polling station during presidential elections in Brazzaville on March 20, 2016Communications lines were cut in Congo for a second day Monday and business slack amid fears of post-election trouble due to President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s bid to extend his 32-year rule. Congolese authorities shut down telephone and Internet links during the Sunday vote and on Monday for “reasons of security and national safety” and to prevent the “illegal publication” of election results by the opposition. Tensions have been high since an October constitutional referendum that removed a two-term limit on presidential mandates, allowing 72-year-old former paratrooper colonel Sassou Nguesso to run for office again.

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