Elections in the DRC: PPRD ready for the battle

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), is restructuring their presidential post ambition.

There is no longer a secretary-general. Daily management will now be provided by a permanent secretary.

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari, the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Interior, has been appointed to this post.

The restructuring of the main party of the presidential majority on the eve of the elections is very significant.

The appointment of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as head of the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) announces by itself the implementation of the restructuring of the presidential party.

Internal reflection has led to the need to reinvigorate the movement, by setting up new structures, a board composed among others of the national president and the permanent secretary.

Dolphin of Kabila

“The party has to get up, live, and really live,” says a PPRD activist, visibly satisfied. And another adds: “We need leaders who can listen, convince and mobilize for elections.”

The presidential camp now seems to believe in elections. “Joseph Kabila will put himself at the head of the party as president, with the determination to win on his own,” says a member of PPRD.

For him, the appointment of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as permanent secretary would meet these ambitions.

In the entourage of the now permanent secretary, one dares to believe that “by the elections scheduled for December 23, Joseph Kabila will have found a dolphin, the rare bird that he would seek again”.

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