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Vol 48 No 12

Published 8th June 2007


Congo-Brazzaville

A strange alliance

The President has cut a deal with his long-time foe and may now control parliament

Back-room dealing is habitual in Congo-Brazzaville, where President Denis Sassou-Nguesso and his Parti Congolais du Travail lead a coalition of 30 parties, the Forces Démocratiques Unies. The latest deal was odd indeed. Opposition veteran Bernard Kolélas, who fled into exile in 1997, was sentenced to death in absentia and came home in 2005, could be the next Premier.

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