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ISS: Presidentialism shouldn’t trump democracy in the DRC

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The Tshisekedi-Kabila split affirms the power of incumbency at the expense of the rule of law. Two years after winning the historic 2018 election, Democratic...

Congo president vows not to accept judicial reforms that cause ‘harm’

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Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi said on Monday he would not accept any reforms that undermined the independence of the judiciary, the latest salvo in...

Congo’s justice minister released hours after arrest

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s Justice Minister Celestin Tunda was released from custody on Saturday evening, just hours after his arrest in the capital...

Kabila to hand over power “without regret”

Democratic Republic of Congo outgoing President Joseph Kabila will hand over power “without regret” and called on Congolese to support his successor, Felix Tshisekedi. Kabila...

DR Congo opposition apparently talking to Kabila

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A Congolese presidential candidate's representatives apparently met with outgoing President Joseph Kabila's camp to ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Kabila's camp denied any meetings...

Peaceful elections pledged for DR Congo

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Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila pledged at the United Nations "peaceful, credible" elections would be held in his country...

Challenges ahead for Kabila successor

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Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila's preferred successor will face a credible election challenge in December from two opposition leaders,...

Kabila mum on future plans

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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but declined to say...

Kabila puts off UN Secretary-General visit

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Congolese President Joseph Kabila put off a planned visit by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see UN US Ambassador Nikki...

Kabila will not seek a third term – PM

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DR Congo's current President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third mandate in the country's upcoming December elections because of constitutional term...

Indicators are DR Congo’s Kabila is seeking third term

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From the sprawling capital Kinshasa to villages deep in equatorial forests, DR Congo's ruling PPRD is in full-on election campaign mode and...

Botswana president urges Kabila not to stand again

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Botswana's new leader urged President Joseph Kabila not to stand for re-election in DR Congo's long delayed presidential poll, saying he has...

DR Congo presidential election on track – Prime Minister

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An election in the Democratic Republic of Congo to replace President Joseph Kabila remains on course for late December Prime Minister, Bruno...

Two dead after DR Congo demonstrations

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At least two people were killed and dozens injured on when security forces in Democratic Republic of Congo cracked down on church-led...

Swiss sanctions for Kabila allies

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Switzerland imposed sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans on 14 allies of Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila amid a...

DR Congo assets frozen

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The British government has frozen 580 million pounds ($803 million) in assets held by militia leaders, army officers and private organisations with...

“What happened to my list?” Haley asks Kabila

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley asked the Congolese foreign minister to deliver a message to President Joseph Kabila about...

Kabila denies violence against protesters

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DR Congo President Joseph Kabila rejected charges his forces violently broke up pro-democracy protests, stirred by his refusal to step down...

DR Congo becoming prison-like – cardinal

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The head of Congo's Catholic Church condemned President Joseph Kabila's government for a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, suggesting the country was...

Six killed as DR Congo protest is dispersed

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Congolese security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired tear gas to disperse a protest...

DRC militia uniting against Kabila – UN

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Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior UN official told a news...

Museveni accuses UN of “preserving terrorism” in eastern DRC

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni accused the United Nations of "preserving terrorism" in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo where UN peacekeepers cannot curb...

Political brinkmanship a threat to DRC election – UN peacekeeper

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Political brinkmanship and a refusal to compromise will see further delays in preparations for elections and deepening of the political crisis in...

Exiled rebels used to suppress anti-Kabila protests – claim

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Congolese security officials recruited more than 200 exiled rebel fighters to suppress protests against President Joseph Kabila a year ago, ordering them...

After Mugabe, African leaders wonder

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Hours after Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was forced out after 37 years in power, Uganda's president, another former guerrilla in office for more...

DR Congo told hold election, clean up human rights

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The UN Human Rights Commission gave Democratic Republic of Congo a year to report on actions taken to hold free and fair...

DR Congo opposition rejects new presidential election date

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Democratic Republic of Congo's main opposition parties rejected a new date for elections to replace President Joseph Kabila, saying it violates the...

DR Congo presidential election date set

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DR Congo's electoral commission announced the long-awaited presidential elections to replace President Joseph Kabila will take place on December 23, 2018. Around...

One dead in DR Congo clashes

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At least one police officer was killed on Monday in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in clashes between security forces and protesters...

DR Congo warlord seeks to unite rebel factions

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For years, William Yakutumba did what many militia leaders in eastern Congo do: he occupied a pocket of territory while running rackets...

Killers of UN investigators in DRC will be punished

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Congolese President Joseph Kabila told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations he would ensure those responsible for killing...

Anti-Kabila protesters arrested in DR Congo

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Police in Democratic Republic of Congo arrested at least 128 people as they dispersed protests demanding President Joseph Kabila stand down by...

Facing multiple security crises, DR Congo’s Kabila reshuffles police

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Congolese President Joseph Kabila replaced the national police chief of police and the police commander in Kinshasa as security concerns rise following...

DR Congo election risks delay due to militia violence

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Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election, slated for late this year to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, could be delayed...

Kabila names transitional government

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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila named a new transitional government, state television said, defying opponents who say he is in...

DR Congo protests fail as opposition to Kabila splutters

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Opposition calls for mass protests against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila fell flat when only a handful of people showed...

Heavy security in DR Congo as opposition strikes over election delays

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Congolese police deployed heavily across Kinshasa on Monday as opposition calls for a general strike after a breakdown in talks with President...

DR Congo soldiers kill 100 plus in militia clashes

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Soldiers targeting the Kamwina Nsapu militia group in central Democratic Republic of Congo killed at least 101 people between February 9 and...

DR Congo rebel revival endangers elections: ambassador to UN

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has told the United Nations a re-emergence of the M23 rebellion in the east is endangering a...

Thousands uprooted by DR Congo militia violence

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Tens of thousands of people in the central Democratic Republic of Congo have been uprooted in recent months by spiralling violence between...

DR Congo ruling party, opposition sign deal for Kabila to step...

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DR Congo's opposition leaders signed a deal with the party of President Joseph Kabila on Saturday requiring him to step down after...

DR Congo leader warns against foreign “interference”

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Congolese President Joseph Kabila warned against foreign "interference" in the country's political crisis, in an address to parliament in which he also...

DR Congo police shut down anti-Kabila rally

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Police in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa fired tear gas on Saturday to disperse opposition supporters seeking to defy a ban on...

DR Congo’s Kabila courts regional support as opposition prepares “red card”

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When Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern neighbours took advantage of an outbreak of political turmoil to invade in 1998, President Laurent Kabila...

Congolese oppose Kabila mandate extension – poll

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Congolese overwhelmingly oppose changing the constitution to allow President Joseph Kabila to stand for a third term and believe he should step...

France says DR Congo election delay not answer to crisis

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A decision to push back presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to 2018 is not the answer to the crisis...

DR Congo’s top court approves presidential election postponement

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The Constitutional Court in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday it had approved a petition by the electoral commission to delay...

DR Congo election day delayed to allow more preparation

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Democratic Republic of Congo authorities have delayed elections to make sure the country is better prepared for them, President Joseph Kabila said...

Déjà vu in DR Congo as Kabila clings to power

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Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko shed a tear as he delivered a speech in April 1990 promising his people an end to...

Forty-nine dead in continued militia violence in DR Congo

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The death toll from militia clashes with security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week was at least 49, more...