Bruno Tshibala is new controversial PM


President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila has appointed Bruno Tshibala as his new Prime Minister. Former Prime Minister Samy Badibanga resigned on 6th April.

Tshibala was expelled from the main opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) in March this year. The move by the president, who has now exceeded his mandate by three months, will divide the opposition further. Kabila’s mandate ran out on 20th December 2016. A prime minister from the opposition, with the job of organising elections by the end of 2017 under a transitional government, was a requisite requirement to gain the support of the opposition.

The move is unlikely to calm the opposition which organised a general strike earlier in the month and is likely to step up its disruptive activities. If a presidential election is not held by the end of 2017 then the fear is that there could be a return to the violence that killed more than one million people.

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