Government in Congo Brazzaville

  • 2017 elections likely to worsen Congo’s political crisis

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/07/17 Rather than pushing ahead with flawed elections, a strategy is needed to break the cycle of electoral violence in Congo The Republic of the Congo will proceed with legislative and local elections on 16 July despite complex political and economic challenges, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Pool region in the south-east of the country. With some opposition leaders and their aides in jail, proceeding with elections presently will reduce the likelihood that they are free, equitable and credible. The hardline opposition parties’ boycott of the elections has further delegitimised the process, at a time at the same time as exactly the opposite is needed.
  • The new trend in sub-Saharan African politics is sidestepping constitutionally mandated term limits.

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2016/01/30 While military takeovers are the exception these days, this year at least seven nations across the region will see leaders attempting to remain in office beyond their term limits. Neighbours Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are part them. However their presidents’ strategies have diverged, as have the outcomes. Whether the DRC’s president Joseph Kabila will remain or leave office from presently on year’s presidential election is a constant source of speculation in DRC’s political circles. His refusal to clearly national his intentions along with an insistence on measures such as local elections to delay the 2016 elections have been dubbed ‘Glissement’ – or slippage – by the opposition. They worry he will use delaying tactics to make his third term a de facto reality.
  • Republic of Congo's constitutional referendum characterised by low turnout

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2015/10/28 Republic of Congo's constitutional referendum on Sunday was conducted peacefully but with a low voter turnout, election observers. In the capital Brazzaville, calls by the presidential camp for a massive turnout to vote "YES" did not yield expected results in the suburbs that had been thought to be strongholds of the ruling party. "We are happy that the plebiscite was conducted peacefully and without any ugly incidents. We condemn what happened in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire during the electoral campaigns. We urge the Congolese people to learn lessons from the completed and understand that political problems cannot be resolved by violence, but through dialogue," the secretary general of the ruling party, Congolese Labour Party, Pierre Ngolo said. In the southern and western suburbs of the capital where violent protests broke out between Oct. 20-21, majority of the people did not turn up to vote, despite the presence of electoral officials and security officers at the polling stations.
  • Burundi, Rwanda, and now Congo; another African president set to change term limit rules

    BURUNDI, 2015/07/19 REPUBLIC of Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguesso received the green light on Friday from a political forum on the next of the country’s institutions to try extend his lengthy policy. It was the second political action in favour of extending presidential term limits in Central Africa in the week. On Tuesday Rwandan lawmakers voted 99% to hold a referendum on proposed changes to the constitution that would allow President Paul Kagame to extend his 15 years in power. READ: 99% of Rwandan lawmakers vote for changes to allow Kagame extend his 15 years in power
  • African governments review growing energy and food subsidies

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/20 African government deficits, while low by historical standards, has been creeping up as aid and remittances dip, and counter-cyclical interventions rack up in response to the effects of the financial crisis. Combined with a rising food and fuel import bill, governments are presently looking for savings. Energy and food subsidies are increasingly being reviewed.
  • President Zuma Arrives in Brazzaville for a Meeting On the CAR

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2013/05/11 His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to take part in the prime conference of the International Contact Group that is expected to discuss the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). President Zuma is accompanied on the visit by a delegation that includes the Minister of National Security, Dr Siyabonga Cwele.