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DR Congo president sacks rebel party chiefs from government

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila attends a meeting in Kinshasa, January 19, 2015The Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday sacked two party leaders from government roles after they published an open letter warning him against any attempt to cling to power. Kabila dismissed his security advisor Pierre Lumbi and planning minister Olivier Kamitatu, according to presidential orders read on state television. Lumbi is head of the Social Movement for Renewal (MSR), the second-biggest party forming the “presidential majority” that backs Kabila, and Kamitatu is the head of the smaller Alliance for the Renewal of Congo (ARC).

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