Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba, has died in France on Monday at the age of 88.

According to AFP this development was disclosed by Lissouba’s party, Barron’s reports.

Confirming his death, spokesman and MP Honore Sayi said, “President Lissouba passed away after an illness,” Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS)

It was also confirmed that, Lissouba who in 1992 won his country’s first multi-party presidential election died in Perpignan, southwestern France.

Another close person to the former President, who also confirmed his death on Facebook, was his son Jeremie Lissouba.

Lissouba was president of the Republic of Congo — also called Congo-Brazzaville, to distinguish it from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) — from 1992 to 1997.