Internet and social media access was cut in the Republic of Congo on Sunday as polls opened in a presidential election w

Internet and social media access was cut in the Republic of Congo on Sunday as polls opened in a presidential election which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is expected to win.⁣
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The internet went down just after midnight, several hours before the opening of polling stations at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), AFP correspondents said.⁣
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Telephone communications however were still available, unlike in the previous election in 2016.⁣
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The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso, in power for 36 years, is widely expected to win against six contenders.⁣
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The largest opposition group, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), is boycotting the poll. ⁣
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Internet and social media access was cut in the Republic of Congo on Sunday as polls opened in a presidential election which veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso is expected to win.⁣

The internet went down just after midnight, several hours before the opening of polling stations at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), AFP correspondents said.⁣

Telephone communications however were still available, unlike in the previous election in 2016.⁣

The 77-year-old Sassou Nguesso, in power for 36 years, is widely expected to win against six contenders.⁣

The largest opposition group, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), is boycotting the poll. ⁣
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