Congolese vote for a president

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The Independent Online
BRAZZAVILLE (AFP) - Congolese voters went to the polls yesterday to choose a new head of state after rejecting another term for President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Results of the election, which is being monitored by 22 international observers, are expected to be announced at mid-week.

General Nguesso conceded defeat on Thursday after the first round of voting and urged the country's 1.3 million voters to support Pascal Lissouba. Mr Lissouba heads the Pan-African Union for Social Development (Upads) and is running against Bernard Kolelas of the Congolese Movement for Democracy and Integrated Development (MCDDI).