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Vol 45 No 9

Published 30th April 2004


Congo-Brazzaville

Brazzaville breakdown

As the President boosts his family's power, the ruling coalition is cracking up

The peace process has run out of steam, key politicians remain in exile, and veterans in the ruling Parti Congolais du Travail (PCT) increasingly resent the dominant role of members of President Denis Sassou-Nguesso's immediate family and wider Mbochi clan. A peace agreement with the Ninja rebels of Frédéric Bitsangou, known as Pasteur Ntumi, was signed on 17 March 2003, but he refuses to move to Brazzaville from his stronghold near the capital unless Sassou forms a national unity government.

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