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Congo orders arrest of key candidate in presidential race

February 19
23:41 2016

Congolese authorities on Friday said they had ordered the arrest of a former army chief who is challenging President Denis Sassou Nguesso, in power for more than 30 years, in elections next month. Speaking on state television, public prosecutor Andre Oko Ngakala said he had given instructions for the "immediate arrest… and questioning" of Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko. The instructions were given on the basis of an inquiry "into information about statements made by Mr. Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko that have been widely disseminated on the street and social networks," he said, without giving immediate details.

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