Congo Republic president says expects referendum over third term

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Posted: Mar 27, 2015 1:01 PM

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - The President of Congo Republic, Denis Sassou Nguesso, said on Friday he had authorized a public debate on changing the constitution that would allow him to stand next year for a third term, and he expected a referendum would be held soon.

The ruling coalition is seeking a change that would lift restrictions that prevent a third term for Sassou Nguesso, who has ruled the oil producing central African nation for most of the last 35 years.

(Reporting by Aaron Ross; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Andrew Heavens)