France’s ruling party has called for a postponement of the March 20 elections in Congo.
According to the Socialist Party, President Denis Sassou Nguesso was intimidating opponents and stifling democracy in the country.
The party’s national secretary, Maurice Braud; said the Congolese head of state had organised surveillance of his main rivals and imposed a state of emergency which seems to be unjustified.
Braud further urged the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union to use their influence to delay the polls.
Following the remarks, Congolese government spokesperson Thierry Moungalla, promptly took to Twitter to reprove the stance of the party.
One of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, Denis Sassou Nguesso has ruled the oil rich country for nearly 32 years, and is seeking a third term after controversially changing the constitution in October last year.