53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • The First President
  • Socialism Sets Sail
  • Three Congolese Heads of State
  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo
  • Democracy Prevails
  • Bloodshed in Brazzaville
  • Finding Peace
  • Sassou Nguesso Seizes Victory
  • Clashes With Rebels
  • Blood Diamonds
  • Burning Ammunition
  • Debt Canceled But Prospects Dim
  • A Long Road Ahead
  • Congo’s National Motto: Unity, Work, Progress

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.

(Photos: Wikimedia Commons [2]; Xinhua/Landov)

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