Yaounde — The main opposition party in the Republic of Congo, the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS), has chosen Mr Pascal Tsaty-Mabiala as its candidate for the March presidential election.
Mr Tsaty-Mabiala is the UPADS first secretary.
"The national council has decided that UPADS will participate in the forthcoming presidential elections and that Mr Mabiala will be our coalition's candidate," the coalition said in a statement issued after an extraordinary session of the national council of the party in Brazzaville on Sunday.
Reports say Mr Tsaty-Mabiala has promised to focus on "national unity through values of solidarity and social justice; fight against poverty; protection of all Congolese people, observance of the impartial state authority and fight against all forms of injustice and nepotism".
He is currently serving as an MP of the UPADS party.
Mr Tsaty-Mabiala, 66, once served as Defence minister in the government of President Pascal Lissouba (1992-1997).
The leading opposition party boycotted the 2002 and 2009 presidential elections.