Congo Republic to vote on scrapping presidential third term limit

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso speaks to reporters following a conference on Ebola in Brussels on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO | THIERRY CHARLIER

What you need to know:

  • The opposition has dubbed his planned changes, which would extend the current two term limit, a "constitutional coup".
  • Announced after a cabinet meeting in the capital Brazzaville, the amendment also scraps an upper age limit of 70 for presidential candidates.
  • Sassou Nguesso was president from 1979 until 1992. He then served as opposition leader and returned to power at the end of a brief civil war in 1997



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