Newcomer joins Brazzaville's PR wars
Since the spring, Coumba Dioukhané has been in charge of communications for Congolese prime minister Anatole Collinet Makosso
Anatole Collinet Makosso has still not named his new staff, more than four months after taking office. The only notable appointment he has made is that of his secretary general, poached from foreign minister Jean-Claude Gakosso, who in the process loses one of his most valuable men.
A creditor of both N'Djamena and Brazzaville, the oil trading giant is facing two very different situations. In Chad, which is seeking debt relief under the terms of the G20's "common framework", Glencore will have to accept the terms negotiated by the country's sovereign creditors.
To avoid having to go to court over their acquisition of a luxurious residence in Florida in 2012, Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso and his wife have been trying for three months to negotiate a settlement with the US judicial authorities.
The newly appointed Congolese budget minister Roger-Rigobert Andely has named a select group to reopen communication channels with the IMF and negotiate the disbursement of the second tranche of a loan programme that has been blocked for the past year.
Prime Minister Clément Mouamba's government resigned on 16 April, just after Denis Sassou Nguesso was sworn in for a fourth and final presidential term. Key members of the head of state's inner circle are now pushing candidates to replace Mouamba, even though the administration might not change until next year.