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Congo opposition rally blocked ahead of polls

Congo opposition rally blocked ahead of polls

Republic of the Congo

Police in the Republic of Congo blocked roads in parts of the capital Brazzaville hindering an opposition figure from running campaigns.

On Thursday, armoured vehicles blocked roads, an area away from the Central Business district in the Kinsoundi region.

According to AFP, a helicopter hovered around the area that is said to be known as a region for the opposition.

Hours later, residents of the area took to the streets chanting that the police must clear the passage which was adhered to soon after.

The clearance of the roads led dozens of supporters of presidential candidate Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas to proceed with campaigns ahead of Sunday’s polls.

Moreover, reports indicate that another incident took place in the same neighbourhood between police officers and the supporters of Frederic Bintsamou, a former rebel leader and a member of Kolelas campaign team.

Meanwhile, other candidates continue with their campaigns.

The March 20 elections has 9 candidates including President Denis Sassou Nguesso who is seeking to extend his rule in office.

President Nguesso has ruled the oil producing country for over three decades.

The 72-year-old advocated for a referendum which altered the term and age limits of a president and was passed in September.

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