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Vol 42 No 2

Published 26th January 2001


Congo-Kinshasa

The pro-consuls decide

Kabila's murder will increase foreign meddling in Kinshasa politics

Whoever the long-term successor to Laurent-Désiré Kabila may be, Angola wants to have a say in the choice. As soon as his murder was known, Luanda ordered Angolan reinforcements into Kinshasa from Brazzaville, across the river; Angolan officers oversaw the Congolese Police d'Intervention Rapide and soldiers who kept order before and during the funeral. Now Angola must decide how to use its influence. Angolan ministers wearily refer to their 'security commitments' in the Congos - Brazzaville and Kinshasa - in the same tones that a 19th century pro-consul might use to describe a troublesome colony.

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