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DRC: Faced with a growing crisis, Kabila’s FCC is looking to reorganise itself

By Romain Gras
Posted on Friday, 2 April 2021 18:35

A portrait of Joseph Kabila burned by supporters of Félix Tshisekedi, 10 January 2019 in Kinshasa © HUGH KINSELLA CUNNINGHAM

DRC’s former President Joseph Kabila's ‘Front Commun pour le Congo’ (FCC) has been facing an unprecedented crisis ever since he broke with Félix Tshisekedi. Between feelings of resentment and a desire for reform, the former president's group is preparing to reorganise itself.

Did DRC’s former President Joseph Kabila think he was safe, protected from a brutal reversal of the balance of power? Did he realise, when he officially handed over power to Félix Tshisekedi in January 2019, that he would be marginalised? After 18 years of holding the reins of power, his political family is now experiencing an unprecedented crisis.