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Congo ruling coalition wins legislative majority, constraining president-elect

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Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's ruling coalition won a majority in legislative elections, a coalition official said on Saturday, despite opposition...

ISS: Is SADC’s work in the DRC over?

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President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told heads of state at the recent 38th Southern African Development...

World powers praise Congo’s Kabila for agreeing to bow out

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The United States, European Union, African Union and U.N. mission to Congo all commended President Joseph Kabila on Thursday for agreeing not...

Congo’s Kabila will not stand for election in December

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Congo's President Joseph Kabila will not stand in the election scheduled for December, a spokesman said, finally agreeing to obey a two-term...

Exiled DR Congo leader will return home by June

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Exiled Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi said he would return home by June to lodge his candidacy for a...

Botswana blames Congo’s humanitarian crisis on Kabila

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Botswana blamed Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Monday for his country's humanitarian and security crisis, in the sharpest criticism yet from an...

DRC rebel leader detained in Tanzania, extradition sough

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A Congolese colonel who threatened to overthrow President Joseph Kabila has been detained in Tanzania, and Congo is seeking his extradition, Congo's...

ISS: New divisions threaten stability in the DRC

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Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at...

U.N., AU, EU press DR Congo leaders to stop political violence

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The United Nations, the African Union and the European Union pressed Democratic Republic of Congo leaders on Saturday to urge their supporters...

DR Congo opposition strikes to call for Kabila to step down

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Opponents of Congolese President Joseph Kabila began a general strike on Tuesday to demand he steps down when his mandate expires in...

ISS: Kodjo in the DRC – time to go?

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What is evolving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not much different from events in neighbouring Burundi. Both presidents...

Tens of thousands rally in support of Congo’s Kabila

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Tens of thousands of President Joseph Kabila's supporters rallied in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital on Friday in a growing stand-off with...

Congo’s Kabila issues pardons in effort to ease political tension

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Democratic Republic of Congo's Joseph Kabila issued a raft of pardons on Friday, including to several pro-democracy activists detained after calling for...

Congo election likely to be delayed

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Democratic Republic of Congo is unlikely to hold a presidential election as scheduled in November, the U.N. head of mission there said...

U.N. peacekeepers preparing for possible Congo political violence

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Political uncertainty over Democratic Republic of Congo's next presidential election could spiral into a severe crisis and United Nations peacekeepers are developing...

DR Congo prosecutor seeks prison sentence for opposition leader

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A public prosecutor in Democratic Republic of Congo has asked a court to sentence a leading opposition presidential candidate to five years...

U.S. wants sanctions on DR Congo leaders, Europe not so sure

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Concerned over Congolese President Joseph Kabila's apparent attempts to cling to power, U.S. officials are pushing for sanctions against his inner circle...

UN concerned by rising political tension in Congo ahead of vote

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced concern about reports of rising political tension in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

DR Congo activists jailed for incitement, U.N. ‘very worried’

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Three Congolese activists, arrested hours before a general strike in February to demand that President Joseph Kabila leave power when his mandate...

Congo president shows would-be successor who is in charge

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"You won't scare us!" was how the Congolese leadership responded this week to Western threats of sanctions unless President Joseph Kabila ends...

DRC police arrest pro-democracy activists – UN

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Police arrested 18 protesters on Tuesday in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma during a peaceful demonstration over the...

DR Congo court reduces activists’ sentences for anti-Kabila signs

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An appeals court on Friday reduced the prison sentences for six Congolese activists jailed for preparing banners demanding that President Joseph Kabila...

DR Congo opposition calls for general strike to make Kabila stand...

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Opposition leaders in Democratic Republic of Congo called for a general strike next Tuesday to press President Joseph Kabila to step down...

U.S. says political crisis building in Democratic Rep. of Congo

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A political crisis is growing in Democratic Republic of Congo over the possibility that President Joseph Kabila might seek a third term...

Congo edges towards crisis as opposition digs in against Kabila

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At Kinshasa's hectic Victoire roundabout, banners urge people to back "dialogue for the good of Congo", but to many the timing of...

DR Congo opposition to hold rallies to raise pressure on Kabila

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Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday they would stage rallies to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to...

DR Congo opposition to hold rallies to raise pressure on Kabila

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Opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday they would stage rallies to put pressure on President Joseph Kabila to...

DRC loses up to $15 billion a year to fraud –...

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Democratic Republic of Congo loses up to $15 billion a year due to fraud, the president's anti-corruption adviser said, an amount close...

Dissidents expelled from DRC ruling coalition

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Seven senior political figures were kicked out of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) ruling coalition on Wednesday for signing a letter urging...

Coalition partners warn Congo’s Kabila not to cling to power

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Leading parties in Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition told President Joseph Kabila on Monday that actions by his allies had given...

DR Congo spurns U.N. support for campaign against Rwandan rebels

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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has spurned a United Nations offer of support for a military campaign against Rwandan Hutu...

Hundreds still detained after Congo protests as Kabila gets tough

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More than 300 people, including opposition leaders, remain in detention in Democratic Republic of Congo after protests last month, reinforcing concerns that...

DR Congo parliament passes election law stripped of census requirement

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Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to an electoral law shorn of a controversial provision that risked delaying...

ISS: Fear and loathing in the DRC

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It's been the primary topic of political talk in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for at least two years: the question...

DR Congo delays vote on electoral law, West urges revisions

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Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate has delayed until Friday a vote on changes to the electoral law after calls from Western powers...

At least 42 people killed in Congo protests, rights group says

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At least 42 people have been killed in protests in Democratic Republic of Congo against a reform of the electoral code which...

Police clash with Congo protesters for third day, government says 15...

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Police fired tear gas at crowds mounting a third day of protests in Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday against a proposed...

Protests, calls for respect of constitution in Congo election row

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Protests erupted for a second day in Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday over proposed changes to an election law that could...

Police disperse protesters ahead of Congo parliament election debate

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Police fired tear gas on Monday at demonstrators trying to protest against a parliamentary debate on a proposed census in the Democratic...

Thousands march in Congo against a third elected term for Kabila

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Thousands of people protested in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, calling on President Joseph Kabila to respect his country's constitution...

United States pushes Congo on term limits, pledges aid

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The United States urged Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday to stick to its constitution that sets terms limits for the president,...

Congo security forces scatter attempted rally by Kabila rival

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Police in Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday broke up a rally by one of President Joseph Kabila's main political rivals, a...

Congo’s Kabila wants to conclude talks with rebels

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Congo's president wants talks with rebels in the country's east concluded as soon as possible, Ugandan and Congolese statements said, although there...

Congo’s President in Uganda for talks on stalled peace deal

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The Democratic Republic of Congo's president, Joseph Kabila, flew into Uganda on Monday for talks aimed at reviving a peace deal between...

ISS: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the eastern...

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There was always a danger that if the international community helped the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) defeat the M23 rebels...

Rebel defeat boosts Kabila but peace in Congo a distant prospect

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The defeat of Democratic Republic of Congo's most important rebel group has strengthened President Joseph Kabila's grip on political power, but bringing...

ISS: It may be too soon to celebrate the defeat of...

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It has been a good few weeks for Congolese President Joseph Kabila, the Congolese army, the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC...

Congo’s Kabila pledges unity government, pressures rebels

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President Joseph Kabila said on Wednesday he would create a national unity government in an attempt to end years of crisis in...

Congo peace talks stall, government rejects amnesty proposal

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Talks to end a two-year-old insurgency in eastern Congo stalled on Monday after the government rejected calls for an amnesty for leaders...

Clouds darken DRC 50th independence jubilee

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President Joseph Kabila wants to use today's independence jubilee to buff up Congo's troubled image, but armed rebellions, widespread graft and concerns...