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DRC: Tshisekedi, Kabila standoff causes anxiety in Congo

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Congo’s former president Joseph Kabila (left) drapes newly inaugurated President Felix on January 24, 2019 with the presidential scarf as he is officially handed over the instruments of power at the Presidency in Kinshasa. PHOTO | TONY KARUMBA | AFP

By THE EASTAFRICAN

Almost four months after the Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi was inaugurated, he is ruling the country without a prime minister or Cabinet.

Delayed naming of a prime minister and a Cabinet, which are key in day-to-day running of the government, has raised questions as to whether President Tshisekedi is in full control.

Report have also emerged of deep divisions between his CACH Coalition and former president Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for the Congo (FCC).

Experts in Democratic Republic of Congo affairs say that President Tshisekedi is not in charge and cannot govern without the dictates of Mr Kabila given that FCC has 337 MPs out of the total 500, 23 of 24 provincial governors and 91 of 100 senators.

“What we have is just a change of names and not the regime because the Kabila’ regime is still ruling by proxy with eight of his former ministers still in office. President Tshisekedi is just like a prime minister under the control of the real wielder of power,” said Dr Mialano Tangania, a Congo politician who lives in exile in Kenya.

Dr Tangania said the amendments to the Constitution just before the elections that made it mandatory for a prime minister to come from the party with the majority in parliament has virtually tied President Tshisekedi’s hands.

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: May 11, 2019 at 09:29AM

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