Coup in Africa: Military Takes Over in Congo? Here Is What We Know

Coup in Africa: Military Takes Over in Congo? Here Is What We Know

  • Multiple reports and social media claims of a military coup in the Republic of the Congo have been refuted by the Congolese government
  • Thierry Moungalla, the minister of communication and media, denied the rumours and assured the public of calm in the country
  • President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has not personally responded to the coup rumours, is currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly
  • Brazzaville, Congo - There have been multiple reports of a military coup in the Republic of the Congo.

Several social media accounts have also posted the coup claim.

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Congolese government debunks reports of military takeover. Photo credit: Andy Buchanan - Pool
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However, Thierry Moungalla, Congo's minister of communication and media, has debunked the claim via a post on X (formerly known as Twitter).

He wrote in French (translated to English through Google Translate):

"URGENT - 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."

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Rumoured Coup in Congo: Where is President Nguesso?

President Denis Sassou Nguesso has not personally reacted to the rumoured coup. gathers that the Congolese president is currently in New York, United States, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly.

According to Moungalla, President Nguesso arrived in New York on Sunday to take part in the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Coups in Africa

The African continent has witnessed seven coups since August 2020, with the most recent occurring in Gabon in August 2023.

Several African nations, including Niger, Burkina Faso, Sudan, Guinea, and Mali, are currently under military rule. On Saturday, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger entered into a security pact, pledging mutual assistance in the event of rebellion or external aggression.

ECOWAS' moves against military

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had issued an ultimatum to the Niger junta, demanding the reinstatement of the democratically elected leader or face sanctions, potentially including military intervention.

However, the regime chose to defy the regional bloc's warning.

Niger coup: Tinubu speaks on transition period

Meanwhile, earlier reported that ECOWAS chairman President Bola Ahmed Tinubu hinted at supporting a nine-month transition period in the Niger Republic following the coup that deposed President Mohammed Bazoum.

President Tinubu reportedly spoke during his meeting with the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).


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