DRC: Felix Tshisekedi blocks new senators over corruption claims
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi has blocked newly-elected senators from taking office over allegations of corruption.
Acting interior minister Basile Olongo announced on Monday that the president “has suspended the installation of senators” amid accusations that votes were bought in the March 15 ballot that elected a dramatic victory for former president Joseph Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) party.
President blocks new senators
President Felix Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party suffered an overwhelming defeat in senate elections earlier this month. The FCC won more than two-thirds of 100 seats available in the vote, handing a significant amount of power to former president Joseph Kabila.
The FCC already enjoys a significant majority in the lower house of parliament after elections held on December 30, which were also shrouded in claims of vote fraud.
Felix Tshisekedi was the surprise winner of a presidential vote also held on December 30 but his power of influence was quickly diminished by the FCC’s parliamentary victory. If Kabila’s party can also secure a majority in the upper house, the DRC’s former president would make it increasingly difficult for his successor to pass reforms.
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