Turnout fears as Congo votes on leader's bid to extend rule

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguessou talks to the media after voting on October 25, 2015 in BrazzavilleCongolese were called to the polls Sunday to decide on a constitutional change to enable one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, President Denis Sassou Nguesso, to seek a third term, but it appears voter turnout was low. Opposition groups had called for a boycott of the referendum, which they described as “a constitutional coup d’etat”, on allowing the 71-year-old president to extend his 31-year grip on power in the oil-producing Republic of Congo. “I believe that it (the boycott call) has been followed,” said Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas, an opposition leader contacted by phone by AFP at his Brazzaville home.

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