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Vol 58 No 3

Published 3rd February 2017


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila's co-opted cabinet

The latest agreement with the opposition leaves the new crop of ministers uncertain of their future

Just minutes before midnight on 19 December, as the seconds ticked down on the last day of his constitutionally permitted second term of office, President Joseph Kabila Kabange's Information Minister, Lambert Mende Omalanga, announced on state television that a new transitional government had been formed. It comprised more than 60 ministers drawn from presidential allies and minority opposition parties which had signed an agreement on 18 December postponing elections until April 2018. The new government was a slap in the face for mainstream opposition parties, which had been pressing Kabila to rule through a more broadly representative transitional agreement from 20 December.

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