Joseph Kabila may have stepped down as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo but it is now official he will continue co-managing the affairs of the state.
The Congolese elected Felix Tshisekedi as the new president in the recently concluded December elections but his predecessor is still around much longer.
President Tshisekedi’s political party and Joseph Kabila’s party have formed a coalition and will thus jointly manage the vast mineral rich country.
After President Tshisekedi won the presidential poll, he was required thereafter to form a government but the Prime minister who is the head of government business is elected from the vast parliament.
Tshisekedi has not been able to push through his choice for prime minister as Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) wields a huge majority in the National Assembly.
Coalition for Change (CACH) to which Tshisekedi belongs, only controls 50 seats in the parliament while Kabila’s Common Front for Congo (FCC) controls 342 of the 485 seats in the National Assembly.
Tshisekedi and Kabila on Wednesday released a joint statement saying they will govern together.
They collectively said that although the “FCC holds an absolute majority in the National Assembly” to reflect the will of the people expressed in the poll, the FCC and the CACH are affirming “their common will to govern together as part of a coalition government”.
Meanwhile, Presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu says the outcome of the election was a stitch-up by Tshisekedi and Kabila, who was stepping down after 18 years in power. He maintains he picked up around 60% of the vote.