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 8


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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Vol 55 N0 3


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...

Vol 55 N0 3


Danger, road works ahead

Although regional leaders such as Congo-Brazzaville's Denis Sassou-Nguesso and Chad's Déby oppose the involvement of United Nations forces there, CAR's interim President Catherine Samba-Panza has specifically requested UN troops, presumably to give her some autonomy from neighbouring states...

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Risky hunt for a new leader

Especially enthusiastic were the two leaders most influential in CAR, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville (whom President François Hollande telephoned directly) and Chad’s President Idriss Déby Itno...

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On the brink

By allowing Bozizé a role in the unfolding drama in CAR, Biya is signalling his anger about the handling of the conflict by the regional Presidents – Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville and Idriss Déby Itno of Chad...

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The Atlantic ports puzzle

President Denis Sassou-Nguesso grandly declared that Brazzaville would pay for the study, but Kinshasa says the consultants should bear the cost...

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Lessons from Luanda

Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso knows this better than anyone, having managed to regain power in 1997 thanks to a massive intervention on his side by the Angolan army...

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Holes in Kabila’s big tent

To circumvent such problems, Kabila proposed that President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville should mediate with the most resolute opposition leader, Tshisekedi...

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