(FILES) This file photo taken on March 24, 2016 shows newly re-elected Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso addressing a press conference in Brazzaville on March 24, 2016. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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The runner-up in Republic of Congo's election called on his supporters Wednesday to accept the official results of the violence-tainted poll that returned longtime president Denis Sassou Nguesso to power.Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas said he did not wish to stir up controversy by challenging Monday's Constitutional Court's finding that Sassou Nguesso, Congo's ruler of 32 years, won last month's election with over 60 percent of the vote.The Ninjas are headed by Protestant preacher Frederic Bintsamou, known as Pastor Ntumi. He recently came out in favor of Kolelas, who took 15 percent of the March 20 vote.Kolelas was among five presidential challengers who had claimed electoral fraud when the provisional poll results were announced last month.
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