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Congo Kinshasa

Félix Antoine Tshisekedi

Date of Birth: 3 June 1963
Place of Birth: Kinshasa


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Tshisekedi unruffled in his labyrinth

Shots rang out in the Gombe diplomatic enclave of Kinshasa early on 19 May when over 50 men in combat fatigues drove in convoy towards the residence of President Félix Tshisekedi known as the Palais de la Nation (Dispatches 21/5/24 A failed coup with an American twist)...

RUSSIA MAY GAIN IN CHAOTIC COUP AFTERMATH The manic blame game following the bizarre attack on President Félix Tshisekedi's house could hamper the United States' efforts to boost relations with Kinshasa and access the cornucopia of critical minerals in Congo-Kinshasa...

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US mulls Gertler deal to secure minerals

The proposed deal is backed by Congolese President Félix Tshisekedi whose government in 2022 signed a deal with Gertler in which it committed itself to lobbying for the lifting of sanctions against him (AC Vol 63 No 6 Tshisekedi helps Gertler in fight with US & Dispatches 18/4/23 Gertler's end)...

Kabila's successor as president Félix Tshisekedi inherited the friendship with Gertler and has been pushing the US to lift its sanctions (AC Vol 63 No 6 Tshisekedi helps Gertler in fight with US)...


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A failed coup with an American twist

President Félix Tshisekedi's officials say that the Congolese army foiled an attempted coup in the early hours of Sunday morning after armed men attacked the house of Vital Kamerhe the economy minister and deputy prime minister and a close ally of the president...

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New diplomatic chill between US and Kigali over M23

Congo-K President Félix Tshisekedi cut short a visit to Europe following the attacks but not before getting French President Emmanuel Macron whom he met in Paris to again cite Rwanda for the M23 aggression and demand that it end its support for the militia group (Dispatches 21/2/24 Fighting escalates in the Kivus and western officials censure Kagame and AC Vol 65 No 6 How Brussels was caught out by the Kivu war)...

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Mobutu-style economic nationalism returns

Angolan foreign minister Tete António announced on 12 March that President Félix Tshisekedi will meet Rwanda's President Paul Kagame 'soon' but did not announce a date...

Also still to happen is for President Félix Tshisekedi to announce his new Prime Minister and for the Prime Minister then to form a government...


How Brussels was caught out by the Kivu war

Three days after an angry meeting between Congo-Kinshasa's President Félix Tshisekedi and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame on 16 February in Addis Ababa over the escalating regional conflict the European Union announced a memorandum of understanding with Kigali on the export of critical minerals for the energy transition...


Kigali pushes back against the African Union

He added that alongside the FDLR whose objective is to overthrow Rwanda's government both Congo-K's President Félix Tshisekedi and Burundi's President Évariste Ndayishimiye 'have publicly stated their intention to support regime change in Rwanda'...

It is a measure of the danger posed by the conflict pitting Congolese and allied forces against the M23 militia that President Félix Tshisekedi spent the last week of February criss-crossing Africa and Europe meeting Angola's President João Lourenço on 27 February and Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on the following day...


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