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Antipas Mbusa Nyamwisi (born November 15, 1959) is a politician and former rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He leads the Forces for Renewal political party and currently serves in the government as Minister of Decentralization and Urban and Regional Planning. He was previously the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2008.

Nyamwisi fought with the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) against the government of Laurent-Désiré Kabila in the Second Congo War. In 1999 he left the RCD with Wamba dia Wamba to form the RCD-Kisangani. Nyamwisi later took over the RCD-K from dia Wamba after they were driven from Kisangani by RCD-Goma, and renamed it RCD-K-Movement of Liberation or RCD-K-ML.

The RCD-K-ML was accorded 15 seats in the Transitional National Assembly and participated in the Transitional Government headed by Joseph Kabila, when Nyamwisi was Minister for Regional Cooperation. [1]

Nyamwisi stood in the 2006 presidential elections but decided to stand aside in favour of Joseph Kabila before the election [2]. He nonetheless won 96,503 votes, and his party won 26 seats in the simultaneous election to the National Assembly, and seven out of 108 seats in the subsequent indirect elections to the Senate.

Forces for Renewal joined the government of Antoine Gizenga and Nyamwisi became Foreign Minister in February 2007. International experts have claimed that Nyamwisi still has private troops reporting directly to him [3] In the government of Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito, appointed on 26 October 2008, Nyamwisi was moved to the post of Minister of Decentralization and Urban and Regional Planning (Aménagement du territoire).[4]

References

  1. ^ 7TH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF THE AFRICAN UNION, African Union, 2006-07-17, accessed on 2007-02-11
  2. ^ Kabila Protest Shows Tensions in Congo's Regions, Reuters via GenocideWatch, 2006-07-24, accessed on 2007-02-11
  3. ^ ANTI-CORRUPTION CHALLENGES IN POST-ELECTION DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, Chatham House, 2007-01-01, accessed on 2007-02-11
  4. ^ "Publication de la liste des membres du nouveau gouvernement congolais", Pana (africanmanager.com), 27 October 2008 (French).
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