53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence
Three Congolese Heads of State
Ngouabi set up a new party called Congolese Workers Party (PCT), declaring the country Marxist People’s Republic. In 1977, he was assassinated. Former President Massamba Debat was killed shortly afterwards. Joachim Yhombi-Opango would rule for two years before relinquishing the presidency to the PCT. Denis Sassou Nguesso was chosen as his successor in 1979.