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Congo's ex-president dies of coronavirus in France

Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango served as prime minister from 1993 to 1996. He remained in exile between 1997 and 2007.
31.03.2020 - 12:03

The Republic of Congo's former president has died of coronavirus in France, local media reported on Tuesday.

HE WAS ILL BEFORE THE DISEASE

Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango died Monday at the age of 81, according to local daily Journal de Brazza.

Opango had been ill before he contracted the virus that has claimed over 37,000 lives worldwide.

He was an army officer who became the Central African nation's first general and served as its head of state from 1977 to 1979.