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DRC: President Tshisekedi’s coalition shows its weaknesses

By Romain Gras
Posted on Tuesday, 29 June 2021 18:17

African Union President and President of Congo Democratic Republic Felix Tshisekedi reacts during a joint news conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France 18 May 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

After suffering two recent setbacks in parliament, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president’s coalition government is starting to come apart at the seams.

On 5 June, during a meeting at the government’s headquarters, President Félix Tshisekedi gave senators of his coalition – the Union Sacrée – clear instructions: to ensure that they do “not obstruct justice”.

With just a few days left until the close of the parliamentary session, which began in March, the senators were asked to decide whether or not to strip one of their colleagues of immunity. And not just any colleague, but former prime minister Augustin Matata Ponyo, who served in the post from 2012 to 2016.