Following the Congolese Workers’ Party’s investment of current President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, re-elected in the first round in 2016 with 60% of the vote, which has accumulated 37 years in power, part of civil society is desperate for change in their country.
Roch Euloge Nzobo, Coordinator for the Circle of Human Rights and Development (CDHD), takes stock of the president’s last term, although he does not deny him the right to run: with the Constitution, but when we already see his record: at the economic level, it’s quite the disaster, the heca atom, we have a debt that the government has a hard time controlling; the education system fails completely; civil servants, especially pensioners, are fighting for their pension rights; students no longer receive grants. We are in a very catastrophic financial situation. ”
An “even more serious” political situation
But for Roch Euloge Nzobo, the worst part of Denis Sassou Nguesso’s record at the political level is: “And the political situation is even more serious with political prisoners and an almost non-existent opposition. We are skeptical of the contribution that the President can still make to the Congo in terms of democratic governance and respect for human rights. “
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