He also serves as the interface between the regime and the Brazzaville business community and as a travelling salesman for the country abroad. Sassou calls on him readily when there is a major contract to be negotiated in China, Qatar or Brazil.

De facto prime minister, Bouya uses his status as a platform for ambitions which could result in him presenting himself at the appropriate moment as a possible successor to Sassou. While he is waiting for that moment to arrive, whether it be soon or far into the future, the former Boeing aircraft pilot with a pronounced taste for luxury continues to cultivate his connections throughout the Congolese power structure.

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