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Kabila Names Finance Minister as New Prime Minister

Congo News Agency - April 19, 2012

Augustin Matata PonyoPresident Joseph Kabila named former finance minister Matata Ponyo as the new prime minister on Wednesday. Known as a technocrat, Mr. Ponyo oversaw a 7 percent economic growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2010 and a $12.3 billion debt cancellation. The World Bank said last week it expects the same growth rate in DR Congo for the next two years.
DR Congo's Government Resigns

ACP - March 6, 2012

Adolphe MuzitoPrime Minister Adolphe Muzito tendered his resignation to President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday. The procedural move will allow President Kabila to form a new government following the Nov. 28 presidential and parliamentary elections, Mr. Muzito told reporters after the meeting.
Opposition Supporters Step Up Attacks on Congolese Officials Abroad

Radio Okapi - February 28, 2012

Moise Katumbi ChapweCongolese opposition supporters calling themselves “fighters” have intensified attacks against Congolese officials travelling abroad. Katanga Province Governor Moise Katumbi is the latest in a string of officials who have come under attack from the so-called “Patriots-Combatants”.
Tshisekedi Leaves 'House Arrest' to Meet German Ambassador

Radio Okapi - February 27, 2012

Etienne Tshisekedi with his wife Marthe TshisekediEtienne Tshisekedi left his home for the first time on Friday since being put under “house arrest”, his spokesman Albert Moleka told Radio Okapi. Mr. Tshisekedi and his wife, Marthe, went to the residence of the German Ambassador in Kinshasa, where they were invited to dinner.
Cardinal Monsengwo to Lead Annual Spiritual Exercises in the Vatican

Congo News Agency - February 11, 2012

Newly-elevated Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, receives the red three-cornered biretta hat from the Pope during a consistory inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, 20 Nov 2010Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo has been invited by Pope Benedict XVI to lead this year’s Lenten exercises in the Vatican. The Congolese Conference of Catholic Bishops announced on Friday that Cardinal Monsengwo will preach to the Pope and the Roman Curia during the weeklong spiritual exercises.
Kabila's Party Loses Seats in Parliament, Increasing Reliance on Allies

Congo News Agency - February 3, 2012

Congo national parliamentPresident Joseph Kabila’s party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), and its allies will hold a majority of seats in the new parliament, according to the results of the Nov. 28 parliamentary elections published by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday.
Tshisekedi's Call for General Strike Largely Ignored

Congo News Agency - January 31, 2012

Etienne TshisekediEtienne Tshisekedi's call for a general strike beginning Monday around the Democratic Republic of Congo has largely been ignored. Mbuji-Mayi, in Kasai Oriental Province, was the only major city in the country to experience major disruptions on Monday as most schools and businesses remained closed.

Tshisekedi Says He Will Form His Government Next Week

Congo News Agency - January 21, 2012

Etienne TshisekediEtienne Tshisekedi announced during a press conference on Friday that he was “officially assuming his functions as the head of state elected by the people.” Mr. Tshisekedi has rejected the results published by the electoral commission and upheld by the Supreme Court declaring Mr. Kabila the winner of the Nov. 28 presidential election.

Congolese Have Lost Confidence in the Electoral Commission, Catholic Bishops Say

Congo News Agency - January 13, 2012

Mgr. Nicolas Djomo, Conference of Catholic Bishops (CENCO)The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for the members of the Independent National Electoral Commission to change their practices or resign following the mismanagement of last year's presidential and parliamentary elections. The bishops said that they “believe the electoral process was marred by serious flaws that call into question the credibility of the results published” by the electoral commission.








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