President, National Assembly, Congo-Kinshasa
Evariste Boshab, Secretary General of the ruling Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et la Démocratie, has become an essential contact for Congo-courting diplomats, particularly those from Asia’s one-party states, China and North Korea. As chief legislator, Boshab held talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Bangguo, in Beijing in July 2009. That visit’s fruits became clear in January when Wang Jiarui, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s International Department, visited Boshab in Kinshasa. Reports emerged that the CCP would train PPRD functionaries, help it establish a party school and – perhaps further out of the CCP’s traditional skill set – assist with elections.
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