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DRC President Kabila Set to Name New Government

Congo President Joseph Kabila, center left, stands during his swearing-in ceremony for another term, in Kinshasa, Dec. 20, 2011.
Congo President Joseph Kabila, center left, stands during his swearing-in ceremony for another term, in Kinshasa, Dec. 20, 2011.

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A Democratic Republic of Congo legislator has says President Joseph Kabila will soon name a new government after accepting an official resignation letter from Prime Minister Adolphe Mozito.  The prime minister headed the previous administration.

Lambert Mende, who is the former Information Minister, said the resignation forms part of a constitutional provision, which he said allows Kabila to name a new administration.

“After general election, the executive must resign to allow the head of state to make up the new government,” said Mende.  “We presented our resignation to the heads of state, he accepted it, and has asked some of us who have not [a] mandate in the national assembly [to run administration] affairs until he names a new government very soon.”

Mende said it is unclear when Kabila will name his new government.

He said Kabila asked ministers of the previous administration, who are not members of the current parliament, to form the nucleus of an interim government.

“Congolese can expect from the president to appoint the government that will follow his program of his vision [that] he promised them during the election,” said Mende.  “People expect a government that will allow [Kabila] to realize what he promised during the campaign.”

Designated ministers of the new government would have to be approved by the parliament.

Security analysts have credited Kabila for bolstering security with the help of the United Nations Mission (MONUSCO) to maintain law and order, as well as protect unarmed civilians.

Mende said Kabila has demonstrated his commitment towards maintaining peace.

“Congo is recovering its stability for quite a long time now and we don’t see that stability is under threat,” said Mende.  “We are having some quarrels about electoral process, but we are settling these quarrels within the judiciary [and] with the Supreme Court.  As far as stability is concerned, we are in a very good way of stabilizing the country.”

Kabila was declared winner of last November’s presidential election, despite protests from opposition groups who condemned the poll as fraught with irregularities.

A team of international election observers echoed similar sentiments saying the results of the disputed presidential vote were mismanaged and lacked credibility.

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by: Paul DA Silva
March 14, 2012 4:39 AM
DRC goverment has not had much credibility. We an organization providing healthcare service.Assisted many DRC officials in getting healthcare in South Africa.Payment has been an absolute nightmare.Change of ministers demanding of comissions etc.We have tried several avenues to reach the president to inform of this situation.
my email :pdasilva@worldonline.co.za

by: Paul DA Silva
March 14, 2012 4:39 AM
DRC goverment has not had much credibility. We an organization providing healthcare service.Assisted many DRC officials in getting healthcare in South Africa.Payment has been an absolute nightmare.Change of ministers demanding of comissions etc.We have tried several avenues to reach the president to inform of this situation.
my email :pdasilva@worldonline.co.za

by: Citizen of the world. 07-03-12
March 07, 2012 5:30 AM
Lambert Mendes must remember the fate of Adolf Hitler and its Henchmen and the holocaust of millions of Jewish peoples. Hence, the prices of all fallen dictators and theirs loyal henchmen or slaves servants are well known as the history always repeat itself and it will prevail very soon.

by: Citizen of the world
March 07, 2012 5:20 AM
While Lambert Mende, Joseph Kabila henchman is still advocating the Devil/Diablo, villages in the eastern regions of DR of Congo are terrifying, murdering and alienating by LRA and other criminal bands of militia from across border of the DRC eastern region neighbour states. Quoted by: MSF (Medicines sans frontier)

by: OccupyCOngo
March 06, 2012 6:59 PM
Congo is the only country lead by a "fantomas" president. How can you lead a family when your children never see, listen or even talk to you? While Mende talks about Kabila's commitment to peace, LRA and the likes are terorising villages, raping women in the East etc.

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