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Yhombi-Opango gone: Congo's ex-President dies of COVID-19

Yhombi-Opango gone: Congo's ex-President dies of COVID-19

Congo politics

<p>A former president of the Republic of Congo has died after contracting coronavirus. Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango is reported to have died at the age of 81 in a Paris hospital.</p> <p>His family confirmed that he had underlying health conditions before contracting the virus. He served as president and Prime Minister in the Central African country.</p> <p>Yhombi-Opango was president of Congo-Brazzaville from April 1977 until he was toppled in February 1979 by the country president Denis Sassou Nguesso.</p> <p>He spent years in prison till the country introduced multi-party democracy in 1991. He served as Prime Minister under the government of Pascal Lissouba between 1992 and 1997, until a civil war broke out in 1997.</p> <p>He went into exile in France, before being allowed to return home 10 years later.</p>