In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), deputies have another meeting on January 27 at the People’s Palace, where a vote of no confidence in the government of Sylvestre Ilunga is again on the agenda.
On January 26, the vote was postponed to give Congolese Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga a chance to return from Lubumbashi to run for the elected officials. But he was absent on January 27, just as the FCC deputies remained loyal to Joseph Kabila. They had decided to slam the door yesterdaygiven that the temporary office of the National Assembly was not authorized to organize the vote on this motion of censure.
But the quorum is really reached. There are 325 deputies, according to counters. Yesterday, they were 285 and 301 to sign the petition for this no-confidence motion. There are already six polling booths and a ballot paper. Everything is already in place. Voting should begin immediately after the vote of no confidence. Then it will be necessary to strip, but on the side of President Felix Tshisekedi’s supporters, we are sure of it. Sylvestre Ilunga’s government is already history.
The Holy Union on the trail
Meanwhile, things are accelerating on the part of the Holy Union, the majority that the Congolese president wants to constitute. Opponents Moise Katumbi and Jean-Pierre Bemba and the parties they represent will participate. The signing is scheduled for this afternoon. The negotiations had been going on for several weeks. The names of the former governor of Katanga and the former vice president had even circulated for the posts of informant or prime minister.
At the same time, the temporary office of the assembly announced the schedule for the election of the final office of the assembly. For among the stumbling blocks between Félix Tshisekedi and his former allies in the opposition, there were, of course, questions about the distribution of positions in the assembly, as in the government.
This announcement is apparently not after Martin Fayulu, the former presidential candidate and current coordinator of the main opposition platform so far Lamuka. He asks his two partners to “pull all the consequences” of their membership in the Holy Union.
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