Congo faces pivotal poll after 2 years of delays. Two main candidates are vying to replace Kabila, one is his handpicked successor and an opposition leader.
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Nobel laureate Mukwege said Congo’s election this month could lead to conflict if not free, fair and peaceful, and evidence suggests they will not be.
Congo’s President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after this month’s election but he doesn’t rule out seeking the post again in the future.
DRC Tshisekedi returned to Kinshasa on Tuesday to kicked off his campaign to replace longtime president and foe Joseph Kabila in December elections.
Congo opposition leaders pull support for a joint election candidate in next month’s presidential election, seemingly ending hopes of a united front.
The fractured opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Friday that opposition leaders will participate in a contentious December election.
Voting machines arrival amidst ebola outbreak and deadly conflict has some especially worried as long-delayed presidential election promise unrest.
Taking place just weeks before the official start of the campaign period, this panel examines the essential benchmarks for credible elections in the Congo.
Congo’s controversial voting machines for December’s election had been made to order and would finish arriving this month said deputy Prime Minister.
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.