Congo Government Won’t Face No-Confidence Vote as Support Drops

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government won’t face a vote of no confidence after 41 lawmakers withdrew support for the motion, National Assembly President Aubin Minaku said.

Parliament member Baudouin Mayo of the opposition l’Union Pour la Nation Congolaise entered the motion on April 11 with more than the 125 signatures required to force a vote. Only 96 supporters remained after 41 members retracted their names, Minkau said today after the assembly debated the motion.

Mayo told the 500-member body that he was performing his constitutional duty as a member of parliament to oversee the government and had lost faith in its ability to manage security problems and improve social conditions of the population.

Congo ranks last along with Niger on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, which measures indicators including literacy and gender equality. It faces security threats from rebel groups and militias along its eastern borders.

Matata Ponyo became premier in April 2012 after serving as minister of finance, where he oversaw negotiations with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to cancel most of Congo’s external debts. Ponyo attended the debate with his ministers and shook hands with the assembly’s leaders after the session.

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