Club 2002 – Party for the Unity of the Republic

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The Club 2002-Party for the Unity of the Republic is a political party in the Republic of the Congo. It was founded on January 30, 2002 and led by Wilfrid Nguesso, a nephew of President Denis Sassou Nguesso.[1]

Initially the Club 2002 was a political association, but in 2007 it was transformed into a political party and "Party for the Unity of the Republic" was added to its name. On 17 July 2007, the Consensus for Change and Development, a political association, merged with the Club 2002, while the Organization for the Development of the Land of Alima Como Ndzaléitsé, another political association, became an affiliated association of the Club 2002.[2]

In the parliamentary election held on 24 June and 5 August 2007, the party won 3 out of 137 seats.[2][3]

Wilfrid Nguesso was a very religious man who was known to invoke his Christian faith during party meetings. At a meeting to mark Club 2002's 12th anniversary on 30 January 2014, Nguesso announced his decision to dissolve the party because he believed God wanted him to abandon politics and work as a pastor.[4] At the urging of party members, Nguesso subsequently rescinded his decision, however. At Club 2002's first extraordinary congress, held on 16–17 May 2014, a new advisory body headed by Nguesso, the Supervisory Board, was created. Now heading an advisory body, Nguesso said that this enabled him "to reconcile my political responsibilities and my pastoral mission".[5][6] At the congress, he peppered his words with religious invocations.[5]