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Yearbook 2001

Congo. A month-long national dialogue aimed at healing the wounds after the civil war in the 1990s ended with a conference in Brazzaville in April. The participants formulated a proposal for a new constitution with a strong presidential power. However, several opposition politicians boycotted the conference, including former President Pascal Lissouba.

2001 Republic of the Congo

According to Countryaah, Lissouba was sentenced in December in his absence to punishment for 30 years and to pay a fine of SEK 350 million for treason and corruption. Four former ministers were also sentenced, in their absence, to 20 years in prison. According to the indictments, the former top politicians had sold oil to a US company well below market price and stopped earnings in their own pocket.

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