Connect with us


Congo parties form alliance for next election



Three opposition parties in Congo-Brazzaville have joined forces ahead of the next elections, for which veteran hardline leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is a potential candidate.

The “Alliance for Democratic Change in 2026,” unveiled on Thursday, brings together three parties that have grassroots support but no legislative seats.

Its members are the Rally for Democracy and Development set up by former Marxist-Leninist president Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, the Republicans’ Movement and the People’s Party.

“There are other (parties) which will be coming along,” said Jean-Jacques Serge Yhombi-Opango, the RDD’s vice president and son of the party’s founder, who died from Covid in 2020.

“There has to be a political and democratic change in 2026. We can’t let things carry on like this, because the country’s going down the drain.”

The Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville to distinguish it from its giant neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a major oil exporter but suffers from widespread poverty and an entrenched reputation for graft.

The former French colony ranks 164th out of 180 in Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index.

At 80, Sassou Nguesso has notched up a total of nearly 40 years in power.

Many Congolese think it likely he will bid for a fifth term in 2026 despite his advanced age.

Past presidential elections have been stained by allegations of voting fraud, violence and prosecution of candidates.

The new alliance said it would focus on trying to overhaul the country’s electoral supervisors.

“The bodies which plan and carry out all pre-electoral and electoral operations are monopolised by a single party, the ruling party. The result is that the rules are skewed from the start,” said Jean-Jacques Agnangoye of PAPE.


Source link

Continue Reading

Just In

News8 mins ago

End of an era at Napoli as Spalletti bids goodbye

After ending the club’s 33-year Scudetto drought and thrilling fans with some of Europe’s most exciting football, Napoli’s manager, Luciano...

News17 mins ago

Sam Allardyce parts ways with Leeds

Leeds have confirmed that Sam Allardyce will not be their boss next season following the club’s relegation to the Championship....

Entertainment51 mins ago

Rita Edochie berates Yul Edochie, Judy Austin as she commemorates two months remembrance of Kambilichukwu

Rita Edochie, a Nollywood actress, commemorates Kambilichukwu, the late son of Yul Edochie and May Edochie, who passed away two...

Entertainment53 mins ago

“My crown is my confidence and it can’t fall off” BBNaija’s Phyna dazzles as she marks 26th birthday

It is the birthday of Big Brother Naija ‘Level Up’ winner, Ijeoma Otabor otherwise known as Phyna. The reality star...

News1 hour ago

I’ll be speaker come June 13, Abbas declares

2nd June 2023 All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published,...

News1 hour ago

Twitter’s head of trust and safety Ella Irwin resigns

Agency Report Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told Reuters on Thursday that she has resigned from the...

Entertainment2 hours ago

“See The Pot Judy Austin Used To Cook Yul” – Jaruma Shares Controversial Post, Stirs Backlash

Hauwa Saidu Mohammed, popularly known as Jaruma, a controversial Afrodisiac specialist, has shared a controversial post on her Instagram page...

Entertainment2 hours ago

“Worryless nation” Damola Olatunji unbothered amid separation from Bukola Arugba, shares new photos

Nollywood actor, Damola Olatunji has continued to remain unbothered by his separation from his partner of over 5 years, Bukola...

News2 hours ago

Lassa fever: NCDC confirms 162 deaths first-half 2023

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, on Thursday, informed that Lassa fever has killed no less than 162...

News2 hours ago

Naira unchanged, exchanges N464.67 to dollar

Naira remained unchanged on Thursday, exchanging at N464.67 to the dollar at the Investors and Exporters window. The local currency...

Copyright © My State News 2023 Powered by Nestec Media Services