Congo leader names government, includes opposition

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 7:03 AM

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese President Joseph Kabila has named a new government, including members of the opposition, fulfilling a promise made a year ago during talks on how to end years of violence in the country's east.

The new ministers, announced late Sunday, include some who oppose the idea of changing the country's constitution to allow Kabila to run for another term when his current one ends in 2016. It could be a sign that Kabila, who has left his own plans unclear, is also backing away from extending his time in power. But it might also be a way to co-opt and dampen opposition.

The new government replaces a technocratic one and fulfills Kabila's promise to name a national unity government, with representation from the opposition, to address rebellions in the country's east, where armed groups are vying for control of vast mineral resources.

In the past two months, more than 250 people have been killed in rebel attacks around the town of Beni, in North Kivu province. More than 30 civilians were killed in raids this weekend.