53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • 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
  • The First President
  • Socialism Sets Sail

Democracy Prevails

The country’s democratic progress appeared to get back on track in 1992, with voters approving a constitution that reinstated a multi-party structure. Former Prime Minister Pascal Lissouba becomes president in the first democratic election.

(Photo: STR New/Reuters)

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