Here’s Kabila’s anointed successor

On Wednesday, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s information minister Lambert Mende announced the nomination of Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as the candidate from President Joseph Kabila’s People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD).

The announcement put to rest fears that Kabila, who has been in power since the death of his father Desire Laurent Kabila in 2001 would cling on.

The constitution barred him from a third term after having served two terms.

Shadary, the 57-year-old Parliamentarian and former governor of the Maniema Province is expected to replace Kabila if the ruling party wins the December 2018 presidential elections.

Who is Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary?

Born on November 29, 1960 in Kasongo, Maniema Province, Shadary is known among the Congolese as Kabila’s number two.

He has been politically active since 1992, and once served as the governor of the Maniema Province.

He is currently an MP in the DRC Parliament and at the same time the permanent secretary of the ruling PPRD party.

He has previously served as the country’s Interior Minister.

He was selected to replace Kabila following consultations within the PPRD and the Common Front for Congo (FCC) political coalition.