By Lucy OKAMBA, associated Press
Brajville, Republic of Congo (AP) – The Republic of Congo went ahead with an election on Sunday, with President Dennis Sasso N’Guso widely expected to extend his 36 years in power, while leading opposition candidate COVID-19’s Stay with
Sentinel group Netblock reported an Internet blackout that began around midnight on Election Day in the Central African country, and the government did not issue a statement on Guy Bryce Parfitt’s Coleless disease.
Although the constitution allows elections to be delayed if a candidate is unable to participate in the vote, polling stations in Brezzaville were opened at 8 am, as observers said.
The 61-year-old Coleless left his final campaign schedule on Friday after telling some reporters a day earlier that he feared he had malaria. A video circulating on social media on Saturday showed Collella wearing an oxygen mask and lying on a hospital bed with a blood pressure cuff on his arm.
“My dear compatriot, I am in trouble.” I am fighting to the death, ”the candidate says in a weak voice after removing his oxygen mask. “However, I ask you to stand and vote for change. I did nothing.
Campaign spokesman Cyr Mynda told The Associated Press on Sunday that Coleless’s condition was stable, but plans for a medical evacuation were underway in France for further treatment.
Coles placed second in the country’s 2016 presidential election, Saisou N’Guesso, with about 15% of the vote. The opposition’s figure is significant for the incumbent leader in recent times, declaring that the Republic of Congo had become “a police state”.
Sassou N’Guesso is the third-longest-serving president in Africa, ruling from 1979–1992 and again in the nation since 1997, often overseen by his vast neighbor Congo.
The Republic of Congo has fewer than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the epidemic began, killing 134 people.
Associated Press writer Christa Larsen in Dakar, Senegal contributed to this report.
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