Is the Fragile Tshisekedi-Kabila Coalition About to Collapse in Congo?

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, second left, his wife Denise Nyekeru, and outgoing President Joseph Kabila and his wife, Olive Lembe di Sita, during the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, second left, his wife Denise Nyekeru, and outgoing President Joseph Kabila and his wife, Olive Lembe di Sita, during the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Jan. 24, 2019 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

Since early 2019, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been governed by an uneasy coalition built around President Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, who ruled the country for 18 years until finally agreeing to step down after the 2018 election. Until recently, tensions between Tshisekedi and Kabila only rarely spilled over into public view. But a recent disagreement, over who to appoint as the chair of the Independent National Electoral Commission, has taken the feud to a new level. In July, the National Assembly—dominated by Kabila’s coalition, the Common Front for Congo, or FCC—nominated Ronsard Malonda, a Kabila […]

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