53 Years Later: A Look at Congo Since Independence

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  • 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
  • Three Congolese Heads of State
  • An Anti-Capitalist Congo

Finding Peace

In 1999, a peace agreement was reached in Zambia between the government and most of the rebel units. A national dialogue soon followed, as well as the neutralization of all political parties and the re-entrance of rebel groups into the security forces. A new constitution was also approved in 2001, enabling long-awaited presidential and parliamentary elections.

(Photo: YOAV LEMMER/AFP/Getty Images)

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