Congolese Opposition Presidential Candidate Dies on Election Day

Congo’s opposition candidate Guy Brice Parfait Kolelas died from COVID-19 complications on Sunday, a day after the presidential polls.

Kolelas Did not attend his final campaign event on Friday, having told some reporters the previous day that he feared he had malaria.

He was hospitalised on Friday and died in a medical aircraft, transporting him from Brazzaville to France to receive treatment, according to his campaign director Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda.

Talking to The Associated Press on Saturday, a family member said that Kolelas was receiving treatment in a private hospital after contracting COVID-19.

A video circulating on social media on Friday showed kolelas in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask with a blood pressure cuff on his arm.

“My dear compatriots, I am in trouble. I am fighting death,” he said, briefly taking off his oxygen mask. “However, I ask you to stand up and vote for change. I would not have fought for nothing.”

Kolelas was the main rival to President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has been in power for 36 years.

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