Lissouba, Pascal

Lissouba, Pascal, 1931–2020, Congolese political leader. A biologist and able administrator, he served as prime minister (1963–66) of the Congo Republic under President Massamba-Débat and then taught genetics, but later (1977) was jailed for life for complicity in the assassination of President Ngouabi. Freed in 1979, he went into exile, teaching genetics at the Univ. of Paris and working for UNESCO in Paris and Nairobi, Kenya. In 1990 he returned to Congo. He founded the Pan-African Union for Social Democracy and won the country's first multiparty presidential election. When civil war broke out in 1997, he was overthrown by Sassou-Nguesso and went into exile, living in France from 2004.

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