Congo’s Ex-President Jacques Yhombi-Opango Succumbs to Coronavirus

He Led the Country Between 1977 and 1979


Congo’s former president Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango has succumbed to coronavirus at a hospital in Paris, France, his family said.

Mr. Yhombi-Opango, 81, was ill before he contracted the virus, his son said. He led the Republic of the Congo between 1977 and 1979 when he was unseated by current president Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Yhombi-Opango, who later founded the Rally for Democracy and Development party, was jailed from 1987 to 1990 after being accused of planning a coup against Sassou Nguesso.

Mr. Yhombi-Opango fled into exile in France during the 1997 civil war but returned to the country in 2007.