Sassou-Nguesso reshuffles key security posts
Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso appointed Colonel Basile Boka to take charge of the presidential guard, whose previous boss, General Gervais Akouangué, now runs the gendarmerie.
During his recent trip to Paris, the powerful chief of intelligence made a great fuss of the rapprochement between the Congolese diaspora in France. This has allowed him to place his pawns near to President Denis Sassou Nguesso and gain bonus points in the race for his succession.
Ahead of this year's parliamentary elections, the Congolese president has announced the holding of a political dialogue between the authorities and the opposition next month. But the true issue at stake is the appointment of PCT candidates to key constituencies.
Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso has taken advantage of his first four months as Minister of International Cooperation to build up a team of close supporters and extend his political influence. He also has backers at the president's office to help him gain the upper hand over the other contenders for the presidency.