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Vol 61 No 22

Published 5th November 2020


Stepping back from the brink

The President nearly broke up his coalition with his predecessor but backed off at the last minute. He still wants a way out

The announcement on 21 October that President Félix Tshisekedi would address the nation in two days generated fevered anticipation that he would dismiss his government, dissolve the National Assembly and decree fresh elections. The outspoken United States ambassador, Mike Hammer, tweeted approvingly that a 'big announcement' was in the wind.

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