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.
Tshisekedi’s success in wresting full power from his predecessor started with the sacking of Kabila’s chosen prime minister, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba in January. It took another three hard months for him to consolidate the grip of his Union Sacrée coalition in the national assembly and appoint an expansive cabinet under the new prime minister, Sama Lukonde Kyenge, on 12 April.
Communications minister Patrick Muyaya says the 57
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