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The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR), established in 1992 by the Czech National Council as the Czech successor of the former Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, is the leading non-university basic public institution in the Czech Republic. It conducts both fundamental and strategic applied research to create scientific knowledge that contributes to strengthening the nation’s position in key areas of science and to seeking up-to-date solutions to contemporary problems of society. Within three scientific divisions, - mathematics, physics, and earth sciences, - chemical and life sciences, - humanities and social sciences, the Academy manages a network of 60 research institutes and five supporting units staffed by a total of 6400 employees, one half of whom are university-trained researchers and PhD. scientists. ASCR institutes also offer courses at graduate level and supervises doctoral programmes. The Academy advises the state on major issues related to its R&D policy, administers national and international research programmes, and promotes cooperation with industry to foster technology transfer and the exploitation of scientific knowledge.

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L'actuel président Félix Tshisekedi et l'ancien président Joseph Kabila se livrent une bataille féroce pour le pouvoir. Tony Karumba/AFP

Qui détient les rênes du pouvoir en République démocratique du Congo ?

La bataille pour le contrôle du pouvoir prend une nouvelle tournure avec la dislocation de la coalition que le président Félix Tshisekedi avait formée avec le parti de l’ex-président Joseph Kabila.
Former DRC President Joseph Kabila, left, congratulates his succesor, Felix Tshisekedi, on his inauguration in January 2019. EFE-EPA/Kinsela Cunningham

Growing turbulence in DRC’s ruling coalition points to an early divorce

After endless, futile negotiations with the Kabila camp, Tshisekedi appears to have finally recognised the limits of the coalition government and has lost patience.

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