Yhombi-Opango, Jacques Joachim

Yhombi-Opango, Jacques Joachim,

1939–2020, Congolese politician. An army colonel, he became president of the People's Republic of the Congo in 1977 after the assassination of President NgouabiNgouabi, Marien,
1938–77, Congolese army officer and political leader. After military training in France, he served in the Congo Republic's army and started the country's first paratrooper battalion.
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. Forced to resign after two years in office, he was succeeded by Denis Sassou-NguessoSassou-Nguesso, Denis
, 1943?–, Congolese army officer and president (1979–92, 1997–) of Congo (Brazzaville). He served (1977–79) as the minister of national defense.
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, who placed him under house arrest for several years. Later implicated in a coup plot, Yhombi-Opango served time in prison (1987–90). He founded (1990) the Rally for Democracy and Development party and ran unsuccessfully for president in 1992, then served as prime minister (1993–96) under President LissoubaLissouba, Pascal,
1931–2020, Congolese political leader. A biologist and able administrator, he served as prime minister (1963–66) of the Congo Republic under President Massamba-Débat and then taught genetics, but later (1977) was jailed for life for
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. Yhombi-Opango lived in exile (1997–2007) in France during the civil war in the Congo.
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