The government of Congo-Brazaville has denied that a coup has removed President Denis Sassou Nguesso.
Please see the statement tweeted by the government of Congo Brazaville below:
Viral social media reports coming from Congo Brazaville earlier claimed that a military coup has taken place in Congo Brazaville.
The reports said the coup occured as President Denis Sassou Nguesso was attending a conference at the United Nations.
Denis Sassou Nguesso has served as the President of the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville for multiple terms.
He was born on November 23, 1943, in Edou, Republic of the Congo.
Denis Sassou Nguesso had a military background before entering politics.
He first became President through a coup in 1979, and his country was then called the People’s Republic of the Congo.
In 1992, he lost the presidential election to Pascal Lissouba.
Sassou Nguesso returned to power in 1997 following a civil war and has been in office since then.
The country’s name was changed to the Republic of the Congo during his second presidency.
He is associated with the Congolese Labour Party (PCT), which has been the dominant political party.
The Republic of the Congo has faced various economic and political challenges during his time in office, including governance, human rights, and economic development issues.