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Vol 49 No 20

Published 3rd October 2008


Prime Minister departs

Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga's departure could strengthen President Joseph Kabila's hand, but not for the better

Admission of failure The resignation of Prime Minister Antoine Gizenga Fundji on 25 September launches a battle for succession that will probably strengthen President Joseph Kabila in the short term. Gizenga's departure has been expected for months; he is 83, can work for only three hours a day, and his government has, to put it mildly, lacked dynamism. Since October 2007, the Prime Minister has been telling his intimates that he wanted to go. Some claimed the asking price was US$15 million, but he may not have been promised that much.

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