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Congo opposition candidate Mokoko turns up heat ahead of Sunday polls

Congo opposition candidate Mokoko turns up heat ahead of Sunday polls

Republic of the Congo

Republic of Congo’s presidential hopeful Jean-Marie Mokoko has urged electorate to embrace change. He was speaking during a campaign rally in the country’s economic capital, Pointe-Noire.

His remarks came just three days after the opposition leader announced the formation of an independent electoral commission to monitor the election. He called for a radical change and the founding of a ‘new republic.’

“Before asking of others, I start with myself first of all. Together we will rebuild a new republic based on values different from what we have been served previously. If we do not embrace change, we will continue to vegetate,’‘ he said.

General Mokoko promised to provide solutions to the ‘crises’ facing the country (low standards of living, food insecurity and unemployment) and to be a leader who doesn’t decide everything; but one that will listen to what the people want.

His supporters said his previous experience as an army General will help him manage the country.

‘‘He has managed the army before, and in the army there is order. I am certain that he will manage the country. It will work,” said one activist.

“We are confident that Mr. Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko will win even in the first round! It’s evident because this kind of crowd has never been seen here in Pointe-Noire. Almost half of the population of Pointe Noire is here today for this rally,” added another.

Mokoko, who had already publicly endorsed the new commission set up by the five opposition parties, will go to the ballot for the first round on March 20, a poll in which he did not hide his lack of confidence, saying that: “Everything indicates that this election will not be sincere.”