53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • 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
  • The First President
  • Socialism Sets Sail
  • Three Congolese Heads of State
  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo
  • Democracy Prevails

Sassou Nguesso Seizes Victory

A year following the December 2001 conviction and severe sentencing of former President Lissouba, Sassou Nguesso easily won the presidential election with a much contested 90 percent of the votes. Two of his main opponents were banned from the race, while a third withdrew, citing voter fraud. Sassou Nguesso also adopted a new constitution that granted him new powers and extended his term.

(Photo: Pedro Ugarte/POOL/Landov)

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