Kabila's PPRD to hold party conference in September
The committee preparing the next conference of former president Joseph Kabila's Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et la Democratie (PPRD) is to be set up this Friday.
In Berlin today at the invitation of Angela Merkel, the DRC president is using every available means to pull his country out of diplomatic isolation. Rather than relying on a diplomatic corps that was largely inherited from his predecessor Joseph Kabila, he has preferred to rely on a group of loyalists from within the presidency.
Félix Tshisekedi is currently negotiating the rescheduling of a $57m loan from Taiwan's Exim-Bank which dates back to the Mobutu era. The problem is that until very recently the Congolese government thought it was negotiating with China, the country's biggest donor, rather than Taiwan.
In contrast to his predecessor Joseph Kabila, who cut military and intelligence ties with the West, Félix Tshisekedi has reopened channels of cooperation on security with Paris, Brussels and Washington to soften the impact of the imminent withdrawal of the [.