Former President Yhombi Opango dies of COVID-19

Adding to the list of dead because of the novel coronavirus, the Former President of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi Opango died at a Paris hospital in France on March 30. The news was confirmed by his son Jean-Jacques.

Yhombi Opango was born in Congo’s northern Cuvette region and he died at the age of 81.

Yhombi Opango rose to power after the assassination of President Marien Ngouabi and led the Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 till 1979. In 1979 he was also toppled from power by long time ruler Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Yhombi Opango was jailed from 1987 to 1990 after being accused of taking part in a coup plot against Sassou Nguesso. He was the founder of the Rally for Democracy and Development party but lost in a 1992 Presidential election. He went into exile in France when the civil war broke out in Congo in 1997.

His health issues resulted in him staying both in Congo and France since 2007.

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