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The result will undercut Tshisekedi’s ability to deliver on campaign promises to make a break with the 18-year Kabila era and fuel suspicion that his victory, announced on Thursday, came through a backroom deal that will preserve Kabila’s influence over important ministries and the security forces.Read More →

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“I will not be the president of a political organisation … I will not be the president of a tribe … I will be the president of all Congolese.” – Felix Tshisekedi.Read More →

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“Tensions were mounting while the CENI tabulated the results, notably in light of posturing by parties and candidates,” Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, told the meeting, according to the internal report.Read More →

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Congo’s Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary called for “peace and calm,” adding “I am very confident in victory because the Congolese people will trust me, I campaigned all over the country.”Read More →

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“The date has now been fixed, the 30th of December. I believe that elections will take place on that particular date.” Joseph Kabila, the outgoing president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Kabila succeeded his father – a former rebel leader – who was assassinated in 2001 by one of his bodyguards.Read More →

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Campaigning for the long-delayed Dec. 23 poll to choose President Joseph Kabila’s successor had been mostly peaceful until this week, when security forces opened fire to disperse opposition gatherings, killing at least four people. Read More →

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“The EU should reinforce its sanctions against Shadary to impede the Kabila regime since it’s been the cause of many human rights violations,” Martin Fayulu said at a campaign rally in the city of Kisangani. Read More →

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“Why don’t we wait for 2023 … to envision anything,” said Kabila in a rare interview at the presidential palace in the capital Kinshasa, wearing a dark blue suit and tie. “In life as in politics, I don’t rule out anything.” Read More →

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For some Congolese who watched anxiously as the election was delayed amid sometimes deadly protests over Kabila’s extended stay in power, it will be enough to finally stand in line at polling stations and move on.

“The voting machine is not a big problem,” said Salomon Bagheni, a member of Beni’s civil society. “Use it or not, the essential thing is holding the elections on Dec. 23 to bring new leadership to this country.”Read More →

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Congo’s deputy prime minister said on Saturday that tablet-like voting machines for December’s election had been made to order and will finish arriving this month, despite suspicions by diplomats and the opposition that they may enable fraud.

“A hundred and eighty containers from South Korea with the machines in them are on the sea,” Vice Prime Minister and Security Minister Henri Mova Sakanyi said in a statement, adding that 15 had already arrived and the rest would arrive by the end of October.

President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 17 years in power after a long-delayed vote scheduled for Dec. 23 to choose his successor. Read More →