Denis Sassou-Nguesso – Congo Republic
Since October 25, 1997, Sasso-Nguesso has been the president of the Republic of the Congo. The politician attended Loubomo Secondary School from 1956 until 1961 and then received education at a teachers’ college in Dolisie. Later, he joined the army, which sent him to Algeria and France for military training. In 1963 Sassou-Nguesso was appointed the commander of military forces in Brazzaville and by the early 1970s had risen to the rank of colonel.
Civil wars and other conflicts have been intense in the Republic of Congo while almost half of the population lives in poverty, the World Bank has said. This is in spite of the fact that the country is one of sub-Saharan Africa’s main oil producers, making oil the backbone of the economy.