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Vol 43 No 12

Published 14th June 2002


Congo-Brazzaville

By other means

President Sassou Nguesso claims a mandate but has restarted the civil war

Congo-Brazzaville's hidden conflict and flawed parliamentary elections show how thin a veneer of democracy covers recycled dictator Denis Sassou Nguesso. The official results from the first round of voting on 26 May awarded an overwhelming triumph to the ruling Parti Congolais du Travail (PCT) and its allies. The opposition parties' results were poor, even where they are usually strong. The elections provide a democratic fig-leaf for Sassou's power, seized when his forces defeated President Pascal Lissouba in the 1997 civil war.

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