The Republic of Congo’s main opposition party will boycott the March 21 elections in which President Denis Sassou Nguesso, in power for decades, is running for re-election. The French Press Agency reports that the 77-year-old has held office for a total of 36 years, making him one of the longest-serving leaders in the world and head of a deeply poor nation. The country is in the grip of a deep economic crisis, triggered by the slump in oil prices but worsened by long-standing debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.