Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso has been re-elected for a five-year term following a landslide victory.
The Interior Ministry announced he won more than sixty percent of the vote, while opposition leader Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas received just fifteen percent.
Sassou Nguesso was allowed to re-run for a third consecutive elected term in office following a change in the constitution in 2015.
Each poll has been marred by allegations of fraud and Sunday’s ballot was no different. Opposition candidates claim the president actually finished no higher than fourth.
They say an Internet, telephone and text message “blackout” ordered during the election was aimed at preventing the vote from being officially monitored by observers.