In Congo, Félix Tshisekedi undermines the foundations of the Kabila house

STORY – The new Congolese president has launched a dangerous political offensive to outnumber his powerful predecessor.

Nowhere are duumvirats made to last, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) probably less than elsewhere. The Congolese feared the inevitable struggle between President Félix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila, who, for two years, had shared the head of the African giant. She started quietly, simple brittle statements or mood swings, before turning, in early December, into a political fight to the death. In this dangerous game, Felix Tshisekedi seems to emerge victorious. “He is much more skilful than one might expect”, comments, half worried, half admiring, a senior French official. The loss of influence of Joseph Kabila was symbolized, ten days ago, in the rallying of Lambert Mende to the presidential wake. The Congolese, yet used to the extreme ideological flexibility of their leaders, expressed their astonishment. Lambert Mende was for a long time a faithful of the strong ex-man, follower of a hard line and

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