Congo-Brazzaville: Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas dies from Covid on poll day

Congo-Brazzaville: Guy Brice Parfait Kolélas dies from Covid on poll day

The leading opposition presidential candidate in Congo-Brazzaville  who was seriously ill with Covid 19, has died hours after polls closed.

Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas died on a plane taking him to France for treatment, his campaign director said.

Hours earlier the 61 year-old had appeared in a video shared on social media, where he removed his oxygen mask and told his supporters that he was fighting death.

He urged them to vote in Sunday’s poll.

The electoral law doesnt annul the election if one of the candidates dies.

Mr Kolélas, who was diabetic, was one of six candidates running against President Denis Sassou Nguesso, 77, who has been in power since 1979, except for a 5 year period after losing elections in 1992.

Congo Brazzavile has officially recorded more than 9,000 cases of Covid-19 and 130 deaths.

The country has imposed a night-time curfew in the two main cities of Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire and closed its borders due to the pandemic.

However, campaign rallies were allowed, with not much sign of people respecting social distancing or wearing masks.

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