Joseph Kabila

  1. DR Congo parliament elects president's ally as speaker

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Christophe Mboso Nkodia (R) greets his colleagues at the National Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Image caption: The election of Christophe Mboso as speaker clears the way for the formation of a new government

    A supporter of the president in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been elected speaker of parliament, in the latest sign that Félix Tshisekedi is wrestling political power away from his predecessor, Joseph Kabila.

    Christophe Mboso's appointment comes three weeks after a pro-Kabila appointee was voted out.

    When Mr Kabila stepped down as president two years ago he still retained considerable power as his coalition had won the majority of parliamentary seats in what was widely seen as a flawed election.

    In December President Tshisekedi moved to end a coalition with Mr Kabila and forced the resignation of the prime minister by persuading scores of MPs to defect.

    The president can now appoint a prime minister and a government that will be free from the interference of his predecessor.

    He is expected to get on with the promised reforms including ending the armed violence in mineral rich eastern Congo.

  2. DR Congo leader meets predecessor over troubled coalition

    President Felix Tshisekedi (R) walks off the podium with outgoing President Joseph Kabila after inauguration
    Image caption: Mr Tshisekedi (R) and Mr Kabila struck a post-election coalition deal

    The Democratic Republic of Congo's President Félix Tshisekedi held a rare meeting with his predecessor Joseph Kabila amid tension in their coalition.

    The two leaders discussed "the progress of the coalition", the Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition wrote on Twitter.

    Despite winning the presidency, Mr Tshisekedi has had to come to an accommodation of Mr Kabila's party, which controls the majority of seats in parliament.

    Negotiations between the two parties took seven months before a consensus was found so that a government could be formed.

    Relations between the two parties have been tense with rival politicians exchanging verbal abuse and in some cases using physical violence.

    The meeting between Mr Tshisekedi and Mr Kabila did little to calm the tension that has been rising for months and "points of contention" remain, the two camps told AFP news agency on Monday.

  3. Kabila's choices dominate DR Congo's new cabinet

    Ex- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila (R) next to his successor Felix Tshisekedi during an inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa - 24 January 2019
    Image caption: Mr Kabila (R) was expected to have big say in the new government of Mr Tshisekedi (L) as his coalition has a parliamentary majority

    The new cabinet in the Democratic Republic of Congo, announced on Monday morning seven months after the inauguration of President Félix Tshisekedi, reflects the continued influence of former leader Joseph Kabila, reports the BBC's Gaius Kowene from the capital, Kinshasa.

    Forty two of the 65 members of the cabinet come from the FCC, his coalition which holds the majority in both houses of parliament.

    This leaves President Tshisekedi's side holding just one-third of ministerial posts.

    Key ministries like defence, interior and finance have been split 50/50 between the two coalitions:

    • Interior and security - Gilbert Malaba, a member of Mr Tshisekedi's party
    • Defence - Ngoy Mukena, a close ally of Mr Kabila
    • Mining - Willy Samsoni, a member of Mr Kabila's coalition and an ex-mines minister in Haut Katanga province
    • Finance - Sele Yalaghuli, also a Kabila stalwart, and an ex-director general of taxes
    • Budget - Jean-Baudouin Mayo Mambeke, an ally of Mr Tshisekedi, takes a more junior role.

    Just 17% of the ministerial appointees are women, including the ministers of foreign affairs and planning. One of the five vice prime ministers is also a woman.

    For the first time there is a person living with a disability in the government - part of efforts by Mr Tshisekedi to show that everybody is being represented in his cabinet, our reporter says.

    Around three-quarters of the ministers are serving in government for the first time.

    The new cabinet must be confirmed by parliament and is set to be inaugurated before the end of next week.

    Mr Kabila stood down after 18 years in office following disputed elections last December.

    He was barred from running for another term under the constitution.

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