Crisis-wracked Democratic Republic of Congo was bracing for fresh unrest Sunday after the country’s influential Catholic church vowed to defy a protest ban and hold a “peaceful march” to urge implementation of a deal for President Joseph Kabila to leave office. Kabila, who march organisers are calling on to say he will not stand for […]
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Day of Protest as DR Congo Opposition Seeks to Unseat Kabila
Tuesday the opposition vowed to pursue its campaign to unseat President Joseph Kabila over long-delayed polls
Two Term Presidential Limit Under Threat Across Africa
As tyrants come up against the presidential term-limits included in many multi-party constitutions, a significant number are refusing to relinquish power. Instead, a good number of leaders have sought to secure a third term.
Congolese Artists Rely on Unusual System of Political Patronage
Why Congo’s poor musicians name-drop powerful people like politicians in their tracks
It’s Dangerous to Ignore DR Congo’s Ongoing Deterioration
The country has witnessed millions of deaths, brutal colonial rule, and devastating dictatorship
Deutsche Welle Journalist Niragira Released by DR Congo
Deutsche Welle Burundian correspondent Antedisteste Niragira has been released
Germany Demands Release of Detained Congo Journalist
Reporter Antediteste Niragira was arrested by the Congolese intelligence service on Wednesday
Why Congo’s Dictator Keeps Clinging to Power
President Joseph Kabila chosen to cling to power beyond his constitutional term limit
Are Congolese Elections Too Expensive to Go Forward?
Congo’s government has said it will be too expensive to hold national elections in 2017
DRC Election Delay is a Dangerous Gamble
Growing protest movement is furious as DRC election delay hints at transition to full dictatorship