Police: Republic of Congo opposition leader arrested

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Posted: Jan 10, 2017 9:26 AM

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — A police official in Republic of Congo says an opposition leader who ran in the latest presidential election has been arrested.

The official says Andre Okombi Salissa was arrested Tuesday morning. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

It was not immediately known what charges had been brought against Okombi Salissa, who lost last year's election to longtime incumbent Denis Sassou N'Guesso.

Okombi Salissa was once a member of the presidential majority but left the party last year after Sassou N'Guesso held a referendum to change the constitution, allowing him to seek a third mandate.

Sassou N'Guesso first ruled the country from 1979 until a 1992 election defeat. He took power again in 1997 and has since won three elections.