Congo Brazzaville President appoints his son as cabinet minister

The son of long-serving Congo-Brazzaville President Denis Sassou Nguesso is the new minister in a new cabinet line-up.

Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso will head the newly created ministry of international cooperation.

The new government, announced by Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso, has 36 members including four ministers and eight women.

The new appointments follow the president’s re-election in March.

The president has been in power since 1979, except for a five-year period after losing elections in 1992.

The newly-appointed prime minister Makosso will also have to put into effect the numerous promises made during the electoral campaign of the head of state.

Sassou Nguesso’s son is one of 11 newcomers to the administration. 

Philosophy professor Honore Sayi, will be energy minister. 

He had presided over Congo’s largest opposition group the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy,

Rigobert Roger Andely, will still take the role of finance minister, a job he held from 2002 to 2005.

He was a former banker from the same northern Cuvette region as the president,

Seven people were sacked, including Henri Djombo who served as a minister since 1997 and Yvonne Adelaide Mougany who had been in the government since 2002.

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