2nd round of voting in Republic of Congo elections
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo—Residents in the Republic of Congo are going to the polls Sunday for the second round of legislative elections in about 70 constituencies where no candidate got a majority of the votes.
Results from the first round of voting on July 15 gave the president's party a majority in parliament with more than 60 deputies. Opposition parties had only secured two deputies in the 139 seat parliament.
The July legislative elections were marred by violence in the district of Gamboma.
President Denis Sassou-Nguesso first ruled the country of some 4 million people from 1979 until a 1992 election defeat, and seized power again in 1997 with help from Angolan troops.
The U.N. ranks the country -- the small neighbor to the north of Central African giant Congo -- 137th out of 190 nations in its broad index measuring income and living conditions.