Denis Sassou Nguesso, 76 running for fourth term

Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for his fourth term in March 2021.

Denis Sassou Nguesso, 76, has been in power in the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, for 35 of the last 40 years.

He was installed by the military in 1979 but was voted out in the first multi-party elections in 1992. He returned to power in 1997 following a bloody civil war in the oil-producing African country.

He has been chosen by his party to run again for the top job in 2021, having already led the central African country for a total of 35 years.

During her congress in Brazzaville overnight Monday, his Congolese Party of Labour (PCT) unanimously named Sessou Nguesso, 76, as her candidate for president.

“We said the choice of Denis Sassou Nguesso is an inevitable choice,” top ally Leonidas Mottom, told AFP.

“It’s the choice of change in continuity, it’s the choice of stability and the choice of peace,” said Mottom, the party’s deputy leader.