Reports suggest there may be a coup happening in the Republic of Congo. The country’s 79-year-old President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, is currently in New York, United States, attending the United Nations General Assembly.
As of now, the individuals behind the alleged coup remain unknown. Local media reports from Sunday have pointed towards the commander of the Presidential guard as a possible figure involved.
If confirmed, this would mark the third coup in Africa within a year, following incidents in Niger and Gabon.
On Sunday, the government issued a statement denying the alleged coup. Government spokesperson Thierry Moungalla stated, “Fanciful information suggests serious events that are underway at Brazzaville. The Government denies this fake news. We reassure public opinion about the calm that reigns and invite people to calmly go about their activities.”
In a recent update, Teri Lezen Manqala, the spokesperson for the Republic of Congo’s government, reiterated that there is no coup occurring and that the situation in the country is peaceful. The government encourages the public to carry on with their daily activities calmly.
- The Republic of the Congo is located in west-central Africa.
- Denis Sassou Nguesso has had a long history in the country’s politics, including multiple terms as president.
- Accusations of corruption have been made against his regime.