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Africa, mystery on an alleged coup in Republic of the Congo

Mystery on an alleged coup in Republic of the Congo. Social media launched the news, but the government denies it. There is fear, however, about economic instability and the proximity of the Wagner in the Central African Republic

There is mystery about an alleged coup d’état, which allegedly took place in Republic of the Congo, but which the government of the African country has categorically denied. The original news was launched on social networks, when President Denis Sassou Nguesso landed in New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, and quickly went viral. Too bad it was a hoax. The spokesperson of the Brazzaville executive, Thierry Moungalla, underlined on Twitter that the news was mere speculation and that the situation in the nation was calm. What is certain, however, is that there is social tension within the country following economic instability, which has worsened further after the coup in Gabon. Furthermore, Congo borders the Central African Republic, which has long been one of the Wagner Group’s main bases in Africa. Consequently, it is feared that Russian contractors will seek – as has already happened in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger – a military junta to replace the current head of state, in office for almost 40 years.

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