October 27, 2015 / 10:12 AM / 4 years ago

Congo Republic opposition leader dismisses referendum result

Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso votes at a polling station in Brazzaville, Congo, October 25, 2015. REUTERS/Roch Baku

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - A senior opposition leader in Congo Republic on Tuesday dismissed a referendum result showing overwhelming approval for a change in the constitution to allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for a third consecutive term.

“This result is a fantasy,” Pascal Tsaty Mabiala, secretary of the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy party told Reuters. The opposition boycotted Sunday’s election and he said official figures showing 72 percent turnout were fabricated.

Reporting by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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