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Vol 55 No 19

Published 26th September 2014


Congo-Kinshasa

Reshaping the army

President Kabila is restructuring the army and putting his loyalists in command. It is a sign he means to stay on, come what may

A sweeping restructuring of the army command is the strongest sign yet that President Joseph Kabila Kabange plans to ignore the constitution and seek re-election for a third term in 2016. The 18 September shake-up of the Forces armées de la république démocratique du Congo (FARDC) means that the military will now be organised in three broad defence zones, in the west, south and east, rather than in eleven commands, one for each province. Kabila has promoted some of his closest allies to head the three zones.

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