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Congo Government Challenged in Censure Motion, Opposition Says

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s National Assembly will debate a motion of censure against the government next week, an opposition leader said.

Forty members of the ruling coalition, the Alliance for the Presidential Majority, joined 86 opposition members in support of the motion today, Francois Muamba, leader of the opposition Movement for the Liberation of Congo, said by phone in the capital, Kinshasa.

Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito’s government has ceded too much power to the president, failed to improve the security of the country, and neglected to increase the number of provinces from 11 to 26 as required by the constitution, Muamba said.

The prime minister was meeting with delegates from the United Nations Security Council and didn’t answer his phone when called for comment. The Security Council is in Congo to discuss the renewal of the mandate for its peacekeeping force, which arrived in the country in 1999 to help end a war.

The motion would pass with a simple majority of 251 votes in the 500-member assembly, and result in the fall of the government, Muamba said.

Congo is Africa’s biggest tin producer, holds a third of the world’s cobalt reserves and 4 percent of all copper, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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