Congo: Sassou Nguesso Wins Another Term But Still Faces Two Big Threats

On 21 March, the Republic of Congo held elections in which relatively few citizens bothered to participate, a fact that even President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s campaign conceded. These were the third polls since the 77-year-old reclaimed power in the 1997 civil war and he won again with a decisive 88.57%. Sassou Nguesso has already been president for 36 years, over two periods. He will now rule for another five years and could add one more term after that, extending his long record of corruption, economic mismanagement, and human rights abuses. readmore

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