Congo began voting on March 20 under a media blackout, in a tense ballot expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but poor nation. (AFP photo)
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Congo Republic's President Denis Sassou Nguesso was on course Tuesday to extend his long rule, according to preliminary election results that the opposition dismissed as fraudulent as police and troops patrolled the capital's streets.Election commission president Henri Bouka told reporters that Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled Congo for 32 of the last 37 years, won 67 percent of the vote in Sunday's election based on results from 72 of 111 voting districts.The opposition plans to publish its own results on Wednesday, an action the government says would be illegal.Sassou Nguesso must win an outright majority against eight opposition candidates to avoid a run-off.
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