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Vol 57 No 24

Published 2nd December 2016


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila ducks and dives

The President is staying in the ring by combining intransigence with deviousness to outmanoeuvre the divided opposition

Although Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon resigned on 14 November and announced the dissolution of his government, President Joseph Kabila Kabange surprised everyone three days later by naming his successor, Samy Badibanga Ntita. His appointment is the first step in implementing a deal struck on 18 October between Kabila's political alliance, the Majorité présidentielle (MP), and an opposition faction.

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