Congo presidential polls close under media blackout


BRAZZAVILLE: Congo voted Sunday under a nationwide media blackout in a tense ballot expected to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso prolong his 32-year rule over the oil-rich but impoverished nation. Voting seemed largely quiet in the capital, but it was impossible to get information from the rest of the country after the government shut down communications during the polls. Interior Minister Raymond Mboulou ordered telecoms firms to block all telephone, Internet and SMS services for 48 hours due to “reasons of security and national safety.”



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