A constitutional change to allow President Denis Sassou N’guesso to run for a third term was approved in a referendum held on Oct. 25 with 92 percent of the votes cast.

However the opposition says the turnout was low and announced the campaign, demanding the vote nullified.
Two opposition parties — IDC and FROCAD — on Monday said they would “give peace a chance” and let a dialogue address the issue as requested by the international community.

The decision is likely to be followed by the withdrawal of soldiers deployed around homes of some opposition leaders.

Protesters against the president’s third-term bid clashed with police on Oct. 20 and 21 in the cities of Brazzaville and Pointe Noire. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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