Congo votes to remove presidential term limits.

More than 92 percent of voters in Congo Republic have approved a change to the constitution that will allow President Denis Sassou N’Guesso to run for a third consecutive term.

N’Guesso has ruled the oil-producing nation for 31 of the last 36 years and the constitutional change makes it possible for the 71-year-old to win a further seven-year mandate at an election due next year.

Turnout in the referendum was 72 percent, according to figures read by the electoral commission on radio. The opposition boycotted the poll and a senior opposition leader said it should be annulled due to low turnout.

According to the electoral commission, more than 1.2 million people voted in favour of the change, while nearly 102,000 rejected it.

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