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Vol 61 No 25

Published 17th December 2020


President nearer to power

Parliamentary victory for Tshisekedi encourages him to press ahead in his bid to wrest the state from former president Kabila

Former president Joseph Kabila's political coalition, the Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC), which ordinarily has a comfortable majority in the National Assembly, scored a spectacular own goal on 10 December. A day after dramatic scenes took place inside the Palais du Peuple, as FCC supporters clashed with those backing President Félix Tshisekedi until the police intervened, enough FCC Assembly deputies switched sides and voted for a petition brought by President Tshisekedi's Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social (UDPS) calling for the resignation of the FCC's Jeanine Mabunda from the post of National Assembly president was successful, securing 281 votes in the 500 deputy chamber.

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