When Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo exactly a year ago, it was hailed as a landmark moment – the first peaceful transfer of power in the vast country’s almost six-decade history.For years the country, which has enormous mineral deposits, including a vital ingredient in electric car batteries, had been bogged down by conflict and corruption.As the flag bearer for the opposition UDPS, Mr Tshisekedi beat his predecessor Joseph Kabila’s favoured candidate in the December 2018 vote. But that result was disputed by another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, who said he was the rightful winner.This was not a good start for a leader who hoped to bring together a fractured country facing a host of challenges including an Ebola outbreak, years of fighting in the east, inadequate infrastructure and a struggling economy.So how has he done on six key issues?1: Conflict in the eastWhen he was sworn in, the president pledged to “build a strong Congo, turned toward development in peace and security”.Mr Tshisekedi has tried to boost security but ordinary civilians do not feel any safer than they did 12 months ago.One his biggest challenges was continued violence in the east of… Read full this story
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