Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DRC President Officially Acknowledges PM Gizenga's Resignation

KINSHASA 29 September 2008 Sapa-AFP


Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila has
officially acknowledged last week's resignation of prime minister Antoine Gizenga, a member of Gizenga's cabinet told AFP Monday.

"The head of state officially ackowledged this resignation in a letter delivered on Sunday to the prime minister by the deputy head of the president's office," said the source, who did not want to be named.

Gizenga, 83, who is leader of the socialist-leaning Unified
Lumumbist Party (PALU), handed in his resignation to the president last Thursday, saying he was no longer strong enough for the job.

The veteran politician was appointed prime minister in December 2006 by the current president under an electoral deal to see off the threat from opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba in the second round of the presidential vote.

Last week PALU said it expected the 2006 electoral agreement to be respected to allow someone from their party to replace Gizenga.

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