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Vol 61 No 2

Published 23rd January 2020


More trickle-down please

There has to be more in it for Tshisekedi’s camp followers if his uneasy partnership with the former president is to survive

The coalition of the Cap pour le changement (CACH) alliance, led by President Félix Tshisekedi, and ex-President Joseph Kabila's Front commun pour le Congo (FCC) is unhappy and unharmonious. Yet both still need each other. The FCC dominates the government and controls the National Assembly, the Senate, most provincial parliaments and governorships, as well as the leadership of the main state-owned enterprises (SOEs). Within these restraints, Tshisekedi cannot convert his multiple exhortations into action by the government without the FCC's consent – exactly as Kabila intended.

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