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DRC: People to watch in Tshisekedi’s alliance

By The Africa Report
Posted on Wednesday, 7 July 2021 15:57, updated on Friday, 9 July 2021 12:30

Jean-Marc Kabund, secretary general of Congolese main opposition party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) speaks during a press conference in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

President Félix Tshisekedi’s new Union Sacrée parliamentary majority has personalities from different parties and with different points of view. We have this look at his allies - both old and new - which are key to whether the president will be able to achieve his reforms and policy goals.

Jean-Marc Kabund-a-Kabund: The strategist

Aged 39, Jean-Marc Kabund-a-Kabund engineered the downfall of the Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC), the formidable political machine that guaranteed a certain amount of power for former president Kabila.

This makes Kabund one of the pillars of the new majority in government and a key figure on many strategic issues. He regained his position as first vice-president of the national assembly in early February, after having masterfully led the revolution that brought down the FCC.