Long-awaited legislative elections are underway in three towns in Congo after authorities postponed them because of Ebola and violence.
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President Felix’s government blocks newly-elected senators from taking office after his predecessor overwhelming had majority in the upper house.
The DRC’s new administration should demonstrate its human rights commitment by impartially investigating and prosecuting the post-election killing.
In a letter to the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Martin Fayulu restated his allegation and suggested “holding the elections again within six months”.
After election upheaval, DRC inaugurates parliament with new president but left National Assembly dominated by supporters of former leader Joseph Kabila.
DR Congo celebrates new President Felix Tshisekedi, historic occasion for a nation long beset by conflict, while keeping sharp eye on ex-president Kabila.
Felix Tshisekedi, 55, has emerged from his father’s shadow to become Congo’s next president after a disputed vote with runner-up Martin Fayulu.
On eve of leaving, Congo’s President Joseph Kabila urged the nation to “massively” support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election.
Eager for peace some Congolese welcome President-elect Felix Tshisekedi to power, even if alleged election rigging may have led to his victory.
By all official measures, Felix Tshisekedi has won the presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But would the president elect be able to govern?