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Vol 50 No 9

Published 1st May 2009


Congo-Kinshasa

Speak easy

A month after Vital Kamerhe was forced out of office, a weakened National Assembly has followed President Joseph Kabila's instructions and voted in a new Speaker, Evariste Boshab (AC Vol 50 No 7). On 12 April, the police had forcibly dispersed some 40 members of Parliament, from both majority and opposition, gathered in a restaurant to launch a pro-Kamerhe 'current' in the Assembly. Kamerhe gave up and on 24 April, Kabila's own man was elected Speaker by 329 of 484 votes.

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