Wood Mackenzie's sister company Verisk Maplecroft examines the latest developments in the Republic of Congo. President Dénis Sassou Nguesso s contentious election victory in March 2016 has resulted in the return of a low intensity conflict to the Pool region. The conflict is extremely unlikely to directly impact oil and gas operations. Yet fighting between government forces and the ex Ninja rebels has lingered on for more than a year devastating the country s economy its infrastructure and the morale of its army. The situation is likely to worsen in the coming months generating indirect implications for oil and gas companies.