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A Congolese soldier casting his ballot at a polling station, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, March 20, 2016 (AP photo by John Bompengo).

Opposition Has No Way Out of Republic of Congo’s Political Violence

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Republic of Congo rarely captures global attention, but the government’s military attacks on civilians, which have raged since early April, have become impossible to ignore.

On April 4, amid a five-day media blackout, the results of the March 20 presidential elections were announced. To nobody’s surprise, President Denis Sassou-Nguesso secured yet another term. Sassou, as he’s known in Congo, has held nearly uninterrupted power since 1979, through elections that are routinely marred by fraud and closed to international observers. ...

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