- Congolese president has been re-elected into office for a third term
- He was declared winner of the elections by the Interior Minister
- The opposition has protested the results of the elections
Congo has re-elected its leader, Dennis Sassou Nguesso for a third term in office as president.
His re-elections come after the Congolese constitution was amended to allow him to seek a third term.
According to the interior minister, Mr. Nguesso won 60% of the vote, against 15% for his nearest challenger. Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas got 15% of the vote, while General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko came third with 14%, the minister said.
Before voting day, Congolese Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou had ordered telephone operators to cut all communications - telephone, text messages and the internet.
The opposition has however said that the vote was marred by "massive fraud". It added that the communications blackout announced during the vote was designed to prevent observers from monitoring the election. Riot also ensued between the police and some opposition activists who complained about alleged irregularities after voting ended on Sunday in the capital, Brazzaville. The police fired tear gas at the activists.
Mr. Sassou Nguesso has been in power since 1979, except for a five-year period after losing elections in 1992. The constitution was changed after an October referendum to remove term and age limits which would have prevented the 72-year-old from standing again.