In December, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will head to the polls to elect a successor to long-time President Joseph Kabila.
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Restrictions to civil and political rights in the Congo are calling into question the credibility of upcoming presidential elections.
DRC President Joseph Kabila pledged at the UN on Tuesday that “peaceful, credible” elections would be held in his country as planned at the end of the year.
Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor as president of the D.R.C will face a credible election challenge in December from two oppositionleaders.
In the DRC, musician Lexxus Legal leads a group that gathers once a month in Kinshasa, calling for rap artists to get involved in helping fix the country.
The U.N. human rights office accuses police in the Democratic Republic of Congo of violently breaking up peaceful protests ahead of the election campaign.
Congo’s Constitutional Court has excluded presidential hopeful Jean Pierre Bemba from the upcoming presidential election. The decision came Monday.
Young Congolese were at the forefront of calls for President Kabila not to seek re-election. Kabila yielded, now voters are gearing up for December 23 poll.
DRC President Joseph Kabila says he will not seek re-election. This is set to be the first peaceful transition of power since independence.
Jean-Pierre Bemba, 55, has succeeded to apply as a presidential candidate for the long-delayed elections to be held on 23 December 2018 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.