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Congo Brazzaville: Gov’t Denies Coup Claims

The Congolese government has quashed rumours of a coup attempt against President Denis Nguesso.

Thierry Moungalla, the country’s minister of information, spoke via a message posted on the X platform tweet on Sunday.

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Earlier, some social media accounts and news reports claimed a coup attempt was underway in the country as the president was away attending the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States.

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While the reports said the identities of the coup plotters were unknown, they suggested that the commander of the presidential guard had a role to play in the attempted takeover.

Moungalla described the reports as fake news.

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“Fanciful information suggests serious events that are underway at #Brazzaville. The Government denies this fake news,” the minister tweeted.

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

Nguesso is a former military officer who has been president since 1997.

He had been part of a military coup that ousted former President Alphonse Massemaba-Debat in 1968.

The development comes amid growing concerns about a regressing democracy in Africa, where the military has been staging coups in recent times.

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