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Congo to vote on scrapping presidential third term limit

Republic of Congo will hold a referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing President Denis Sassou Nguesso, pictured on March 3, 2015, to run for a controversial third term in officeRepublic of Congo’s government on Monday called an October 25 referendum on a constitutional amendment allowing President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a controversial third term in office. Under the amendment, a presidential term could be “twice renewed”, allowing Sassou Nguesso, 72, to seek reelection in 2016. In late September, thousands of people demonstrated in Brazzaville over the incumbent’s attempt to follow the example of several African leaders by trying to extend his rule.

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