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DRC’s new president likely to seek consolidation of power at expense of previous leader and incoming premier

10 April 2019

During a press conference in Washington, DC, on 4 April, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s new president, Felix Tshisekedi, declared he would “dismantle the dictatorial system that was [previously] in place” and called for US support in this. On 5 April, DRC’s new class of senators – dominated by members of former president Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (Front Commun pour le Congo: FCC) alliance – were installed, despite previous efforts by Tshisekedi to block this over allegations of electoral corruption.

  • Competing but inter-dependent centres of influence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s government are emerging, in contrast to the previous concentration of power around former president Joseph Kabila.

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