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DRC: President Félix Tshisekedi takes charge

By Patrick Smith, Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala
Posted on Tuesday, 6 July 2021 19:03, updated on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 10:29

President Emmanuel Macron gives a press conference after the plenary session of the summit on financing African economies on may 182021 Felix Tshisekedi //04SIPA_09300041/2105190942

When DRC's Félix Tshisekedi took control of the cabinet and parliament in April this year, two years of wrangling with his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, his government announced 343 new initiatives.

Formidable as it looks, Tshisekedi’s gargantuan to-do list, which his allies say includes urgent economic and social reforms that were held-up by Kabila, may benefit from an economic rebound in 2021.

Helped by rising commodity prices and its promises of reform, Tshisekedi’s new government has been able to win more backing from multilateral and bilateral financiers. For now, the biggest problems are more political than economic and technical.

Unity rewarded