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Republic of Congo president is re-elected

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By Euronews
Republic of Congo president is re-elected

<p>The Republic of Congo’s long time President Denis Sassou Nguesso has claimed victory after Sunday’s presidential poll.</p> <p>According to official results he garnered 67 percent of the vote, avoiding a run-off. </p> <p>However opposition leaders are contesting the results claiming Sassou Nguesso finished no higher than fourth.</p> <p>On Wednesday police fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters.</p> <p>Tensions in the equatorial African country have been high since Sunday’s election which was marred by a government imposed blackout of the media and the internet, ostensibly to prevent dissemination of what was called “illegal voting results”.</p> <p>Before then at least 18 people were killed by security forces ahead of a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/27/congo-calls-for-constitutional-referendum-to-be-annulled/">referendum</a> in October that removed term and age limits that would have prevented Sassou Nguesso from running again.</p> <p>The 72-year-old former army officer now faces his third seven year term. </p> <p>The election is being watched closely across Africa where several long-ruling presidents are trying to remove constitutionally mandated term limits to stay in power.</p>