Congo’s New President Is Trying, and Failing, to Show That He’s In Control

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from outgoing President Joseph Kabila after being sworn in, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by 	Jerome Delay).
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from outgoing President Joseph Kabila after being sworn in, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
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Ahead of the elections held late last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, outgoing President Joseph Kabila sat down with the managing editor of Jeune Afrique for one of several interviews he granted to international outlets during his final weeks in office. At the time, many analysts expected the presidential vote to be rigged in favor of the ruling party’s candidate, and speculated that Kabila, who had been in office for 18 years, would continue to rule from the shadows rather than truly ceding control. Asked about his plans, Kabila told Jeune Afrique that the winner of the election […]

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