Congo PM flees rebel charge

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The Congo Republic's Prime Minister, Bernard Kolelas, and some of his ministers have fled to Kinshasa to escape an advance by former military leader Denis Sassou Nguesso, a senior Congolese army officer said yesterday.

But the officer said the whereabouts of President Pascal Lissouba were unknown after a lightning Angolan-backed offensive by rebel militia in the oil-producing country. The officer said Mr Kolelas' arrival signalled the formal collapse of Lissouba's administration and he confirmed that Nguesso's forces were now in control of the capital Brazzaville.-- Reuters