Congo’s main opposition candidate Kolelas dies a day after presidential elections

EYEAFRICA TV: Brazzaville, CONGO:- The Republic of Congo’s main opposition candidate Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas died as he was being transferred to France for treatment for Covid-19, his campaign director told AFP Monday, a day after presidential elections were held.

Kolelas’s election campaign said on Sunday that the former minister was in hospital with COVID-19 and could be evacuated to France.

His spokesman Justin Nzoloufoua declined to give the cause of death. 

Kolelas released a video from his hospital bed late on Saturday. Breathing heavily and holding an oxygen mask next to his face, he said he was “battling against death” but urged Congolese to “go vote for change”.

Kolelas, the son of former Prime Minister Bernard Kolelas, came second in the 2016 presidential election. He was seen as the main challenger to President Denis Sassou Nguesso who is seeking to extend his 36-year rule in Congo. (Reuters, AFP)

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