Funeral service of pascal Lissouba held in France today August 31st, 2020
Pascal Lissouba, former President of the Republic of Congo from 1992 to 1997, died Monday morning in France at the age of 88.
He passed away after a short illness, said MP Honore Sayi, a spokesman for the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS) created by the former leader in 1992.
After losing power in 1997 following the Congolese civil war, the late former head of state had moved to France in 2004 after stays in Libreville, Burkina Faso and London.
Lissouba was born in Tsinguidi, southwest of the country. He studied agricultural engineering, gaining a doctorate in France in the late 1950s during the final years of colonial rule.
He became minister of agriculture in the newly-independent Congo in the 1960s before serving as prime minister under the then president Alphonse Massamba
May his soul rest in peace