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Congo-Brazzaville denies reports of attempted coup

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Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey
Elvis Adjetey is an experienced African journalist who has worked with top media brands in Ghana where he is based.

The government of Congo-Brazzaville has denied reports of a coup attempt against President Denis Nguesso.

It follows social media reports that the military was trying to oust the 79-year old leader.

He is currently in New York for the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

His supposed coup was expected to end the 39- year rule of President Denis Nguesso.

“The government denies this fake news,” Information Minister Thierry Moungalla posted on X (formerly Twitter).

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“We reassure public opinion about the calm that reigns and invite people to go about their activities calmly.”

The government’s website also posted a statement denying the coup attempt reports.

There has been a wave of coups across Africa in recent months, with the most recent one in the neighbouring Gabon, where the military seized power in August.

Mr. Nguesso rose to power in the oil-producing central African country in a military coup in 1979. He lost Congo’s first multi-party elections in 1992 but regained power in 1997 after a civil war.

The Congolese leader is the third-longest serving president in Africa, after Equatoguinean Teodoro Obiang and Cameroonian Paul Biya.

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