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Congolese president wins re-election

Newly re-elected Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso (C) greets supporters in Brazzaville on March 24, 2016 minutes after the Independent Electoral Commission declared him the winner. Nguesso extended his 32 years in power winning elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on March 24. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI

Newly re-elected Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso (C) greets supporters in Brazzaville on March 24, 2016 minutes after the Independent Electoral Commission declared him the winner.<br />Nguesso extended his 32 years in power winning elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on March 24.<br />/ AFP / MARCO LONGARI

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has extended his 32 years in power, winning presidential elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said.

Raymond Zephyrin Mboulou, the interior minister, announced the results on national television at 3:30am local time (02:30 GMT) on Thursday after a tense weekend poll held under a communications blackout.

The official count gave Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas 15 percent of the vote and General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko came third with a little less than 14 percent.

On Wednesday, the two opposition candidates rejected partial results released by the Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, which gave the country’s longtime ruler 67 percent of votes.

Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa, reporting from the capital, Brazzaville, said the president’s supporters started celebrating on Wednesday after the initial results were announced.



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