Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso will face seven challengers in a March 21 election, the inside ministry mentioned Tuesday, although the primary opposition has mentioned it plans to boycott the vote.
Sassou Nguesso, who has dominated for some 36 years in complete, will notably face Mathias Dzon, a 73-year-old former finance minister, and Man-Brice Parfait Kolelas, 60.
Kolelas, whose father Bernard was briefly Congo’s prime minister in 1997, throughout the nation’s civil conflict, was runner-up to Sassou Nguesso in 2016.
The candidates’ names will now be despatched to the constitutional courtroom for validation, mentioned Seraphin Ondele, inside ministry chief of workers.
Whereas Kolelas is backed by his personal political get together, the Union of Humanist Democrats (UDH), the nation’s largest opposition group, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), has already mentioned it should boycott the polls.
The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso, who can be bidding for a fourth time period, is a retired common who first dominated from 1979 to 1992 earlier than returning on the finish of the civil conflict in 1997.
Sassou Nguesso’s 2016 victory was marred by bloodshed and claims of fraud, with two of his opponents, Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko and Andre Okombi Salissa, disputing the outcomes.
They had been arrested, placed on trial and every handed 20 years in jail on expenses of undermining state safety.
Congo’s Catholic Church mentioned final week it had “critical reservations” concerning the upcoming elections since coronavirus restrictions and a shaky electoral system might undermine confidence within the vote.