Kabila government dismisses CENCO opinion on PM selection process

Kabila government dismisses CENCO opinion on PM selection process

A spokesman for Democratic Republic of Congo has dismissed the importance of a National Episcopal Conference of the Congo (CENCO) bishops’ statement on Friday that said the appointment of Bruno Tshibala as prime minister was a breach of the December 31 political agreement CENCO mediated. Spokesman Lambert Mende told Congolese…

DRC: Kabila appoints Tshibala as new prime minister

DRC: Kabila appoints Tshibala as new prime minister

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that opposition political leader Bruno Tshibala will serve as new prime minister. President Joseph Kabila appointed Tshibala on Friday, following his public promise two days earlier to choose a prime minister within 48 hours. Tshibala replaces Samy Badibanga, who resigned on Thursday. Tshibala…

DRC: International response to CENCO withdrawal, violence

DRC: International response to CENCO withdrawal, violence

Concerned about the apparent failure of the CENCO-mediated political agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States has urged both Congolese government officials and the Rassemblement opposition coalition to redouble their efforts to overcome their disagreements. “The United States is disappointed by lack of progress in implementation of…

After Etienne: Is Congolese opposition ready to move forward?

The death of longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on February 1 has left the opposition coalition in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no choice but to reorganize – a process that in recent days has been contentious enough to cast a shadow on the future of the Rassemblement coalition, at…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

AU, UN urge return to DR Congo dialogue and transition agreement

With the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government transition process at a standstill, the African Union (AU) and other international partners said Thursday that all parties to the negotiated December 31 agreement need to return to the ongoing dialogue and begin the formal framework leading to new elections. The AU, along…

UDPS: Longtime DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi has died

Prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a key figure in both current negotiations with President Joseph Kabila and the history of the nation, has died. “President Tshisekedi died today at 17:42 in Brussels,” said Bruno Tshibala, deputy secretary-general of the UDPS, in a statement from…

UN Security Council focuses on Kabila, DR Congo agreement status

Hervé Ladsous, head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, has warned that any progress on the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks a reversal if the deal isn’t signed and implemented by all parties. Speaking to the 15-member United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Ladsous said…

UNHCR: #Kabila needs to publicly endorse DR Congo agreement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that President Joseph Kabila needs to publicly endorse the agreement to end his tenure – a development that the global community is still waiting to see. A successful mediation by Roman Catholic bishops of the nation’s National Episcopal Conference (CENCO),…

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.