February 6, 1993 |
President Mobutu Sese Seko fired reformist Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi for the second time, blaming him for riots that killed at least 80 people in Zaire. Mobutu said he would ask the transitional Parliament of the huge Central African country to propose a fresh premier, charging that Tshisekedi had not fulfilled his mandate to form a new, broad-based Cabinet.
April 3, 1997 |
President Mobutu Sese Seko formally approved the appointment of archrival Etienne Tshisekedi as prime minister. State radio announced the appointment as the United Nations refugee agency started repatriating 3,000 Rwandan Hutus from Zaire, and a U.N. investigator, after a three-day probe, accused rebels of massacring Hutus last year. Lawmakers had nominated Tshisekedi to head the government and steer Zaire through negotiations with rebel chief Laurent Kabila.
October 23, 1991 |
A fresh explosion of looting has swept Lubumbashi, Zaire's major copper-mining town, witnesses arriving in the capital of Kinshasa reported. "They looted everything, all night," one said. "They've stripped the face of the town." The Central African country remained locked in a power struggle between President Mobutu Sese Seko and opposition Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, whom Mobutu has tried to fire.
April 7, 1993 |
Paramilitary police sealed off a conference hall Tuesday and prevented a meeting of Zaire's transitional Parliament in a fresh strong-arm gesture against the opposition-dominated legislature. Police blocked all access to the People's Palace, a cavernous building in a quiet corner of Kinshasa where the Parliament, the High Council of the Republic, holds its plenary meetings.
October 1, 1991 |
Opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi became prime minister in a new crisis government Monday in the wake of an orgy of army-led looting that killed at least 117 people. But his appointment left open the question of how power would be shared between authoritarian President Mobutu Sese Seko and an opposition that has demanded the end of his 26-year rule.
February 7, 1993 |
Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi said Saturday that President Mobutu Sese Seko had no legal right to fire him and he would not leave office. In a televised speech Friday night, Mobutu blamed Tshisekedi for riots in which at least 80 people were killed and said he would ask the transitional Parliament to name a new premier. Tshisekedi, chosen last August by the pro-democracy forum, said an interim constitution approved by the conference took away Mobutu's power to hire and fire prime ministers.