Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso has won re-election by a landslide, with 89% of the vote, the country’s interior minister has announced.

The main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas – who died on Sunday – garnered 8%. He was suffering from Covid-19.

President Sassou Nguesso, 77, has ruled the country for 37 years.

He’s been in power since 1979, except for a five-year period after losing elections in 1992.

His wide-margin victory was not unexpected, considering that the leadup to the election was mired with ballot boycotts from the main opposition

The election result was announced by Raymond Mboulou, the interior minister, who quoted figures from the electoral commission.

Critics have accused Nguesso, one of world’s longest-serving rulers, of high-handedness, tolerance for corruption, and reluctance to even out the economic inequality ravaging the nation.Advertisement

The Pan-African Union for Social Democracy, the main opposition party, said in January that it wouldn’t take part in the election which took place on Sunday.

The opposition party had also said the election will divide the country further as the current conditions weren’t conducive to host one at the moment.

Nguesso, who was voted out in 1992, returned to power following a civil war in 1997 and he has won all subsequent elections.

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