Kinshasa (AFP) – President Joseph Kabila on Friday named an opposition leader as prime minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo, honouring a pledge made as part of a stalled power-sharing deal agreed in December.
But the party, formed by veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, has struggled to live up to its name.
Tshisekedi was to have led the transitional watchdog overseeing the power-sharing accord, but his death in February threw the Unity grouping into turmoil.
Tshibala in particular contested the push by Tshisekedi’s son Felix to take over as leader, prompting his exclusion from the group as well as the UDPS party.
The appointment of a new premier is part of the deal brokered by the influential Catholic church on New Year’s Eve, which aimed to avoid a full-blown crisis in the central African country after Kabila refused to step down when his second and final five-year term ended in December.