List of presidents of the Republic of the Congo

President of the
Republic of the Congo
Président de la République du Congo (French)
Incumbent
Denis Sassou Nguesso
since 25 October 1997
ResidencePresidential Palace, Brazzaville
Term length5 years, renewable
Inaugural holderFulbert Youlou
Formation15 August 1960
Salary108,400 USD annually
WebsiteOfficial Website

This is a list of presidents of the Republic of the Congo since the formation of the post of president in 1960, to the present day.

A total of six people have served as President of the Republic of the Congo (not counting one acting/interim head of state and two collective presidencies). Additionally, one person, Denis Sassou Nguesso, has served on two non-consecutive occasions.

Term limits

The new constitution in 2015 removed the age limit, reduced the length of presidential term from seven years to five, and extended term limits from two to three terms.

List of officeholders

Political parties
Other factions
Status
 Denotes Acting/Interim Head of State
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Elected Term of office Political party Prime minister(s)
Took office Left office Time in office
Republic of the Congo
1 Fulbert Youlou
(1917–1972)
1961 15 August 1960 15 August 1963
(deposed)
3 years UDDIA Position not established
2 Alphonse Massamba-Débat
(1921–1977)
1963 16 August 1963 4 September 1968
(deposed)
5 years, 19 days MNR Himself
Lissouba
Noumazalaye
Raoul
Alfred Raoul
(1938–1999)
5 September 1968 1 January 1969 118 days Military Himself
3 Marien Ngouabi
(1938–1977)
1 January 1969 31 December 1969 364 days Military / PCT Position abolished
People's Republic of the Congo
(3) Marien Ngouabi
(1938–1977)
1974 31 December 1969 18 March 1977
(assassinated)
7 years, 77 days Military / PCT Lopes
Goma
Military Committee of the PCT
Chairman:
Joachim Yhombi-Opango
(1939–2020)
18 March 1977 3 April 1977 16 days Military / PCT Goma
4 Joachim Yhombi-Opango
(1939–2020)
3 April 1977 5 February 1979
(resigned)
1 year, 308 days Military / PCT Goma
Presidium of the Central Committee of the PCT
Chairman:
Jean-Pierre Thystère Tchicaya
(1936–2008)
5 February 1979 8 February 1979 3 days PCT Goma
5 Denis Sassou Nguesso
(born 1943)
1979
1984
1989
8 February 1979 15 March 1992 13 years, 36 days Military / PCT Goma
Poungui
Poaty-Souchlaty
Moussa
Goma
Milongo
Republic of the Congo
(5) Denis Sassou Nguesso
(born 1943)
15 March 1992 31 August 1992 169 days PCT Milongo
6 Pascal Lissouba
(1931–2020)
1992 31 August 1992 25 October 1997
(deposed)
5 years, 55 days UPADS Milongo
Bongho-Nouarra
Dacosta
Yhombi-Opango
Ganao
Kolélas
(5) Denis Sassou Nguesso
(born 1943)
2002
2009
2016
2021
25 October 1997 Incumbent 26 years, 129 days PCT Mvouba
Mouamba
Collinet Makosso

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