Congo president announces new prime minister amid tensions

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Posted: Apr 07, 2017 4:18 PM

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's president has named Bruno Tshibala as the country's prime minister in a move unlikely to placate the country's opposition.

Under a political agreement reached in December, the opposition coalition known as the Rassemblement was to pick a prime minister. But divisions within the coalition have complicated efforts to choose a candidate.

Other key provisions of the peace deal call for elections to be held before the end of the year, without Kabila as a candidate.

Kabila's announcement Friday came two days after the president said he would name a new prime minister if the opposition could not agree on a candidate.

Tshibala's appointment could prove problematic as he was recently kicked out of the party started by the late opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in February.