Tshisekedi Expands Purge of Kabila Allies as Senate Head Resigns

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Tshisekedi Expands Purge of Kabila Allies as Senate Head Resigns
2021-02-05 20:07:57.132 GMT

By Michael J. Kavanagh
(Bloomberg) — The head of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Senate resigned Friday, marking another victory for President Felix Tshisekedi in his attempt to sideline allies of former president Joseph Kabila.

Alexis Thambwe Mwamba stepped down after a majority of senators submitted a motion for his resignation. In a letter responding to the motion, Thambwe Mwamba said the action was “a violation of the constitution,” but admitted that he’d lost the trust of his colleagues.

His resignation marks the third major Kabila ally to be removed from power recently, following Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga’s resignation last week and Jeanine Mabunda’s removal as president of the National Assembly in December.

Tshisekedi has accused the former president’s allies of blocking his agenda and is in the process of trying to form a new government. The new president took power in 2019 after a disputed election, which left Kabila supporters in control of parliament and most ministries.

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Michael J. Kavanagh in New York at mkavanagh9@bloomberg.net
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Chakradhar Adusumilli at cadusumilli@bloomberg.net
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