Denis  Sassou-Nguesso

Denis Sassou-Nguesso

President (1979-92 and 1997 to date)

Date of Birth: 23/11/1943
Place of Birth: Edou, Oyo District

Career: Joined the Congolese Army, 1960; Military Training in Central Africa, Algeria and France, 1961-68; Chief of Congolese airborne troops, 1968; Member of the Congolese Labour Party (PCT), 1970; Minister of Defence, 1975; Acting Head of State, March-April 1977; President of the PCT and Head of State, 1979-1992; President of the Republic of Congo-Brazzaville, 1997 to date.

Commentary: A military man, an M'Bochi from Edu in the north, where he has a 'mystical headquarters' in his mother's village of Oyo in the Cuvette district, Sassou-Nguesso took refuge in Paris from persecution from Pascal Lissouba's militia in 1994.He returned to Congo in 1997. In the 2009 presidential elections he was re-elected for a further seven-year presidential term by a crushing majority, according to the official count. These elections were regarded with scepticism, the European Union did not bother to send election monitors because so little had been done to rectify flaws evident in the 2002 election. The EU representative in Brazzaville, Miguel Amado, pointed out that the official electoral register of 2.2 million people was implausibly high for a country containing only 3.8 mn. people, a high proportion of them youngsters.


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Vol 55 N0 22


The warning from Ouagadougou

Beyond Burkina Faso's borders the drama is being watched intently in countries whose Presidents are planning to extend their rule, namely: Congo-Kinshasa's Joseph Kabila, Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou-Nguesso, Togo's Faure Gnassingbé, Benin's Yayi Boni, Djibouti's Omar Guelleh, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni, Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda's Paul Kagame...

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Poor prospects ahead

Between the lines, the International Monetary Fund's latest analysis of Congo-Brazzaville's economy reveals a meagre record of economic achievements for the decades of rule by President Denis Sassou-Nguesso...

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Allies lose faith

Contrary to what Samba-Panza said publicly the following week, AC has learned, it was she who put Meckassoua's name forward rather than Fabius or the official mediator, Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso...

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The science of summitry

Yet to the frustration of human rights and anti-corruption campaigners, some of whom held demonstrations outside the State Department for the duration of the summit, other long-stay leaders such as Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang, Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou-Nguesso, Cameroon's Paul Biya, Uganda's Yoweri Museveni and Burkina Faso's Blaise Compaoré were accorded full diplomatic honours and, more discreetly, feted by local business groups and lobbyists...

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Regional leaders take charge

Significantly, the CEEAC summit followed the 6 June meeting in Luanda hosted by Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos with the aim of reconciling Déby and Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou-Nguesso...

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Sassou slaps Kabila

So President Denis Sassou-Nguesso likes to assert his authority from time to time, perhaps reckoning that Kinshasa is unlikely to react...

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Kagame mourns – and warns

Among the Francophone African Presidents in attendance were Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon's Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba and Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta...

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Some partners are more equal than others

Africa Confidential thronged the red carpet to see a relaxed-looking Paul Kagame, smiling Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba and fit-looking Denis Sassou-Nguesso arrive from Rwanda, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville respectively...

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Violence takes new shapes

Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso refused to meet him in Brazzaville and French officials in Bangui do not seem unhappy with the idea of his leaving...

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South Africa’s volunteer force

A discussion between Guinean President Alpha Condé, who favoured UN involvement in CAR, and Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, who opposed it, was finally resolved when the new CAR Interim President, Catherine Samba- Panza, called for an early deployment of UN forces...

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