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Vol 65 No 2

Published 18th January 2024


Harsh realities face Tshisekedi after vote

Its abundance of critical minerals encouraged outsiders to ignore election abuses but Congo's governance crisis holds up everything

Félix Tshisekedi's second presidential mandate is assured, and he has politically vanquished his domestic opposition after the 20 December elections. But his rhetoric on the campaign trail has made war more likely in the eastern provinces, at a time when the UN mission is leaving and his administration cannot stop the Teke-Yaka conflict nearer to Kinshasa in the west. Climate change makes life more dangerous for the Congolese – roads have also collapsed in recent weeks in Kananga, the capital of Kasai, because of heavy rain – but the President's attention is elsewhere.

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