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Congo vote allows president to seek third term

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguessou arrives to cast his ballot in the referendum on October 25, 2015 in BrazzavilleThe Congolese government claimed a landslide victory Tuesday in a controversial referendum over a bid by President Denis Sassou Nguesso to extend his 31-year rule but the opposition swiftly branded the result fraudulent. A total of 92.3 percent of people voting in the central African country’s weekend referendum to enable Sassou Nguesso to run for office approved the constitutional change, which has now been adopted, Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou said. Official results put turnout at a high 72.4 percent, though Congolese opposition leader Clement Mierassa branded the claim “extremely scandalous”.

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