DRC Congo opts for Coalition government

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DRC Congo President Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila have decided to form a coalition government following talks.

The two leaders said they opted for the coalition to end rifts among ctizens and to also strike a balance as Kabila’s party has 342 MPs while Tshisekedi has only around 50 MPs making him a lame duck.


Kabila, although no longer president, is head of the majority group in the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The prime minister’s post, for the moment, remains vacant until the next government can be formed.

Tshisekedi’s election marked DR Congo’s first peaceful change of power since its independence from Belgium in 1960.

He took over from Kabila who had held the presidency for 18 years.


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