Congo denies claims of coup attempt
18/09/2023 19:47 in Africa News
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The Congo-Brazzaville government has denied recent accusations of a coup plot against President Denis Nguesso, who has been in power for 39 uninterrupted years.
The allegations emerged on social media, suggesting an effort orchestrated by the military to remove the 79-year-old leader from power. President Nguesso was in New York at the time of this rumor, attending the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Responding to these allegations, the Minister of Information, Thierry Moungalla, spoke to X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday to unequivocally deny them, stating: “The government firmly denies admitted to disseminating false information. We want to reassure the public that peace prevails and encourage everyone. to calmly carry out their daily activities."
The government's official website also posted a statement reaffirming its denial of any reports of a coup attempt. Recent months have seen a rise in coups across the African continent, with the most recent taking place in neighboring Gabon, where military forces took control of the country in August
Denis Nguesso became president of the oil-rich Central African nation through a military coup in 1979. Although he suffered a temporary defeat in 1992 when he lost Congo's first multi-party election, He returned to power in 1997 after a period of civil unrest. conflict.