DRC: Is Tshisekedi an Extremist?

Over at Le Blog du Congolais, Ben-Clet analyzes (FR) the “180 degree turn” in the international image of UDPS leader Etienne Tshisekedi from sympathetic Mobutu opponent in the 90s to modern-day extremist. Among factors, Ben-Clet cites the fall of the Berlin wall, the fact that Congolese national interests often clash with international business interests and yes, Tshisekedi's tendency not to engage in compromise. He concludes that Tshisekedi is an experienced politician who understands the complexities of a unipolar world rather than an Al Qaeda type.

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