A new political party called the “Union of Humanist Democrats” has been launched by runner up of last year’s presidential election in the Republic of Congo, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas.

The politician who received more than 15 percent of votes cast in the March 2016 presidential election, ran as an independent candidate in last year’s polls which saw the incumbent, President Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his term in office.

The Congo opposition figure said:

“Today we have witnessed the birth of the Union of Yuki Humanist Democrats. The UDH-Yuki was born largely from the ashes of the political party founded by Bernard Kolélas and his companions,” said the opposition leader at the official launch of the party on Sunday.

“We will have many challenges in the short and medium term to contribute to the return and consolidation of peace in our country,” Kolelas added and pledged to work for the return of “real peace in the Congo”.

Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas with the latest move cut the bridge with the Congolese Movement for Democracy that was created by his late father Bernard Kolelas.

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