Congo Government Falls After Censure Vote in Win for President

Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga’s government collapsed after lawmakers passed a motion of censure against his administration, Bloomberg News reported. The vote Wednesday in the capital, Kinshasa, marks another victory for President Felix Tshisekedi. He’s been trying to cut ties with former President Joseph Kabila, whose political allies controlled parliament and most government ministries in the cobalt- and copper-rich central African nation. Ilunga’s dismissal comes a little over a month after another Kabila ally, Jeanine Mabunda, was removed as president of the National Assembly. Tshisekedi has begun the process of forming a new majority in parliament that would lead to a new government. Ilunga, a Kabila ally, declined to attend the parliamentary proceedings, saying they signaled the country’s democracy was in “regression,” according to a statement published on his office’s website. Read more.