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Congo gears up to vote on extending veteran leader's rule

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso is among several African leaders who have sparked controversy by seeking to extend their stranglehold on powerCongo’s interior minister on Friday opened the campaigning period ahead of an October 25 referendum on whether veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso should be allowed to run for a controversial third term. The constitution currently bars the 72-year-old, who has already had three decades in power, from seeking another presidential term as there is an age limit of 70 as well as a ceiling of two mandates. Sassou Nguesso is among several African leaders who have sparked controversy by seeking to extend their stranglehold on power and the move prompted a massive protest in the country’s capital Brazzaville when announced last month.

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