Congolese President reshuffles cabinet ahead of election
Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has appointed the country’s former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was detained for over 10 years for war crimes, as the country’s defence minister in a sweeping government reshuffle.
The reshuffle, which was more extensive than observers had predicted, came ahead of an expected presidential election on 20th December, in which Tshisekedi is likely to seek a second term.
The appointments bring political heavyweights into the government, strengthening Tshisekedi’s coalition ahead of elections, Stearns said.
Kamerhe, an influential Congolese power broker, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2020 for embezzling nearly $50 million from a presidential economic programme. He denied the charges.