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Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has replaced all the civilian authorities in the provinces of North Kivu (some 1,600km east of Kinshasa) and Ituri (1,800km from Kinshasa) with military and police, the East African reports. The decision means that all civilian administrations, including governors and their deputies, in that part of the country will hand over their duties to security agencies under what is known as a ‘state of siege’, different from a state of emergency in that it has less restrictions.

Deutsche Welle reports that dozens of armed groups have operated in the two provinces for years, and civilians have been subjected to horrifying massacres. Armed militias and inter-communal violence have killed more than 300 people so far in 2021. It is the first time since the DRC’s independence that a president has used the “state of siege”. RFI reports that under DRC’s constitution, the president can declare either a state of emergency or a state of siege “if severe circumstances immediately threaten the independence or integrity of the national territory, or if they interrupt the regular functioning of institutions”.

Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi has replaced all the civilian authorities in the provinces of North Kivu (some 1,600km east of Kinshasa) and Ituri (1,800km from Kinshasa) with military and police, the East African reports. The decision means that all civilian administrations, including governors and their deputies, in that part of the country will hand over their duties to security agencies under what is known as a 'state of siege', different from a state of emergency in that it has less restrictions. Deutsche Welle reports that dozens of armed groups have operated in the two provinces for years, and civilians have been subjected

As a strategic gesture and to underscore the bond of solidarity, friendship and mutual trust between China and the African continent, the Chinese government has pledged its commitment to cancel the $28m debt owed by DR Congo as a way of supporting the country’s responds against COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press statement released by the Congolese Foreign Ministry, the debt cancelation was targeted at strengthening DR Congo’s respond plan against the pandemic which has dealt a major blow to the country’s economy. Mr. Wang Yi, Chinese Foreign Minister in a statement said that "As Congo's most reliable friend, China wishes to

New Release: The African Economic Congress 2020 Report.