Congolese politics have drastically changed since the installment of the new President, Felix Tshisekedi, almost one year ago now. But have our views on Congolese politics equally shifted or do analysts tend to rely on existing approaches and narratives?  Despite the fact that Congo is witnessing a true political transition, the first readings of the take-over of power suggest a persistence of the latter. To many analysts, the imbalanced distribution of ministerial posts of the newly installed government in favor of the Kabila camp, for instance, is often seen as an indication of President Tshisekedi being a ‘puppet’ of his predecessor’s interests. This discourse depicting the current Congolese president as ‘kept on Kabila’s leash’ continues to shape analyses of Congolese political developments, both in public opinion and among national and international experts… Read More

Published by LSE in December 19th, 2019

Koen Vlassenroot

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