The Republic of Congo held on Monday, August 15, the 51st anniversary of its access to national sovereignty. This major event took place at the town of Ewo, located about 600 km from the capital, Brazzaville, belonging to the provincial region of Cuvette-Ouest.
The event was attended by the President of Equatorial Guinea and Chairman of the African Union, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, along with President Francois Bozize of the Central African Republic, Idriss Déby, of Chad; Fadrique de Menezes of Sao Tome and Principe, as well as the Presidents of the Constitutional Council of Cameroon and Gabon, on behalf of the Heads of State Paul Biya and Ali Bongo, respectively.
The climax of this ceremony was marked first by the big military parade of the armies of land, sea and air, which lasted 60 minutes, followed by the parade of the civil society in its various forms.
With a population of three million inhabitants, the Congo Republic has an area of 342,000 square km and political diversity comprising six political parties, the one in power being the Congolese Workers Party. Besides Kituba and Lingala, they also speak French, the official language of colonial tradition.
Since its access to independence on August 15, 1960, the country has been directed by six presidents: Abe Silvert Youllou; Masamba Bebat; Marien Nguabi; Yombi Opango, Pascal Lisuba, and the current Head of State, Denis Sassou-Nguesso.