Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas addressing his supporters in Brazzaville in 2016. AFP
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Guy-Brice Parfait Kolelas, opposition candidate of the Republic of Congo died on Monday from Covid-19, said his campaign director.
The Republic of Congo went to the polls on Sunday for its presidential election which Kolelas was the main challenger.
Kolelas "died in the medical aircraft which came to get him from Brazzaville on Sunday afternoon," Christian Cyr Rodrigue Mayanda said.
The sixty-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday afternoon and was scheduled to be transferred to France for treatment.
Sunday's presidential election was boycotted by the main opposition and took place under an internet blackout, with critics voicing concerns over the transparency of polls seen as tilted towards veteran leader Denis Sassou Nguesso.
On Saturday, he posted a video from his sickbed, declaring he was "battling against death."
"Rise up as one person... I'm fighting on my deathbed, you too fight for your change," he urged his supporters, saying the election was "about the future of your children".
The election results will take some days but Sassou Nguesso is expected to emerge as the winner.
Singapore is due to hold its next national ballot by early 2021, although analysts say it could come as soon as this year. The PAP has never seen its vote share drop below 60 per cent
Taiwan’s pro-independence ruling party took a major step on Thursday toward nominating incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen - a thorn in the side of China - as its candidate for a second presidential term.
This week authorities jailed President Vladimir Putin’s top opponent for 30 days and launched a probe targeting his allies but activists said they would not abandon plans to attend an unauthorised rally.
Regarding the possible motive, Mehmood said that he had married a woman named Fouzia Bibi out of free will, alleging that his father-in-law and brother-in-law were unhappy with the marriage and they set his home ablaze "in rage."
Residents were cut off in parts of the coastal state of Kerala as the rains, which started to intensify from late Friday, swelled rivers and flooded roads.
The group was snatched by the 400 Mawozo gang, which controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area east of the capital of Port-au-Prince, police inspector Frantz Champagne told the media on Sunday.
One of the injured was a student at the university, while the rest were not, Grambling State posted on Twitter. The school student was "treated for non-life-threatening injuries", and the person killed was not enrolled at the university.