Congo Republic president reappoints PM after resignation

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 21, 2017 2:17 PM

BRAZZAVILLE (Reuters) - Congo Republic President Denis Sassou Nguesso reappointed Clement Mouamba as prime minister on Monday, four days after Mouamba and his cabinet resigned, the president's office said in a statement.

Mouamba, who resigned last week, is now charged with forming a new government, the statement said.

Last week's resignations came after Sassou Nguesso said he wanted a new government to help alleviate economic woes caused by a steep drop in oil prices since 2014.

Public debt has shot higher, raising questions over Congo's ability to meet coupon payments for its $363 million Eurobond.

(Reporting by Christian Elion, Writing by Edward McAllister; Editing by Alison Williams)