Strengthening parliamentary democracy in SADC countries: DRC Country report

"This study attempts to understand the nature and functioning of parliamentary democracy during the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) political transition.The first section of this country report provides background to parliamentary democracy in the DRC since independence. This background is important in understanding the origin of some of the characteristics of the current parliament - both the institution and its members. This is followed by an analysis of the structure of the transitional parliament and its efficacy. Thereafter the nature of the relationship between citizens and parliament is examined, highlighting specifically the different channels of communication that exist between the two. Civil society's engagement with parliament is also dealt with in detail."