Congo’s main opposition candidate Kovid died the next day of the presidential election

Congo's main opposition candidate Kovid died the next day of the presidential election

President Denis Sasu Nogesso’s main rival opponent Guy-Bruce Parfitt Coleless dies in Sunday’s elections Democratic Republic of the Congo, Marks an unexpected turn of votes, with the head of state expected to be re-elected in the first round.

The 61-year-old Coleless tested positive for the Kovid-19 on Friday and died in France shortly after being blown off Brezaville on Sunday (22) on Election Day.

His campaign director Christian Cyr Rodríguez Mayanda said, “He died on a plane that took him to Brezzaville on Sunday afternoon.”

The MP for Bobben (north-east of Paris) informed AFP that he had opened an investigation into the death of Coleless, who has not yet recovered his body.

Hours before the voting began, Colella released a video, in which he lay on a bed stating that he was fighting “against death”.

“My dear fellow countrymen, fighting against death, but I ask you to stand up. Vote for change. So I wouldn’t have fought for anything,” he said, weakly.

“Stand as your man. Help me. I’m fighting to my death. You too fight for your change. Your children’s future is at stake,” he said before putting it on his breathing system.

When his death was announced, the mood in Brazavale was calm. Election results are expected to be announced during the week – first estimates later this Monday.

A supporter of the late politician, Wilfrid, said, “Guy-Bryce Parfit Coleless was a great Congolese political leader. With him we hoped for a change. The Congo population grew immensely. At the moment, we don’t imagine who can replace him. is.” Raul.

The historic rival, Coleless, was the same opponent this year as the 77-year-old President Sassau Ngasso, who has accumulated 36 years of power.

The women wept after the news of the death of presidential candidate Guy Bryce Parfitt Coleless of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was released on Monday (22) – Photo: Reuters / Olivia Acreland

The president wished his opponent a “quick fix” after the vote on Sunday.

The election took place without major incidents, with a strong presence of security forces.

However, the Catholic Church was not authorized to mobilize its observers and questioned the transparency of the election.

Sassu Ngusso came to power in 1979, but lost to Pascal Lisouba in the first multi-party elections in 1992.

But a rare example of a peaceful alternative in Central Africa ended in 1997 after a civil war against the forces of Lisouba, with Sasau Nageso’s return to power.

In 2015, he revised the constitution limiting the number of presidencies to two.

In 2016, the re-election of Sasuo Gugeso provoked a violent rebellion in the pool area, a stronghold of the opposition.

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