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Denis Sassou Nguesso re-elected in the first round

It is a crushing victory and an unsurprising one. At the end of the first round of the presidential election held on Sunday 21 March, Denis Sassou Nguesso was re-elected for a fourth term as the head of Congo with 88.57% of the vote, according to provisional results announced on Tuesday by Raymond Zephirin Mboulou, the Minister of Interior. The turnout was 67.55%.

Photo: Denis Sassou Nguesso, in 2015. Copyright The Africa Report

Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, who died of Covid-19 on Sunday night during a medical evacuation to France, had obtained 7.84% of the vote. He was considered the main opponent of the head of state.

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