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After five transitional years, the former President has a new mandate – of sorts

President Denis Sassou Nguesso chose a significant date to end the long transition that began with his forces' defeat of Pascal Lissouba in October 1997. The Fête Nationale of 15 August commemorates both Independence in 1960 and the ousting of President Fulbert Youlou in 1963 after three days of fighting. For Congo's numerous Roman Catholics, it is also a very holy day, the Feast of the Assumption. Sassou Nguesso's inauguration the previous day passed without incident, despite fears of an attack on the capital by Ninja militias loyal to cult leader Frédéric Bitsangou, known as Pasteur Ntoumi.

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Denis Sassou Nguesso, Pascal Lissouba, Fulbert Youlou, Frédéric Bitsangou, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Kinshasa, Gabon, Mali, Mathias Dzon, Roger Rigobert Andely, Cameroon, Alain Akoualat, Jean-Pierre Thystère-Tchicaya, Ambroise Noumazalaye, Pierre Oba, François Ibovi, Isidore Mvouba, Jonas Savimbi, Angola, Bernard Kolélas, French, Fête Nationale, Pasteur, Parti Congolais du Travail, Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan, Banque des Etats d'Afrique Centrale, Rassemblement pour le Développement et le Progrès Social, União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola, Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo

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