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Vol 58 No 11

Published 26th May 2017


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila thriving on chaos

The President is manipulating opposition politicians while giving the impression of proceeding towards elections

True to his recent form, President Joseph Kabila has chosen to appoint a long-time former oppositionist as Prime Minister. It is part of his continuing efforts to stay in power and baffle his enemies. Bruno Tshibala, sworn in on 16 May, had spent several decades on the other side. The 62-year-old was a confidant of the late Etienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba, the towering figure of opposition politics who died in February, and a Deputy Secretary General of his Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS). He was also Spokesman for the Rassemblement, the opposition coalition formed in June last year with Tshisekedi as founding President.

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