Inner circles | DRC
Jean-Pierre Bemba determined to make his mark at defence

The Congolese defence minister Jean-Pierre Bemba in Kinshasa in June 2019.
The Congolese defence minister Jean-Pierre Bemba in Kinshasa in June 2019. © Alexis Huguet/AFP
The new defence minister will have his work cut out strengthening the Congolese army, not least because some of his ministry's prerogatives have been allocated to the president's closest allies. To consolidate his influence, Jean-Pierre Bemba will have to play hardball within the government. [...]
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