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Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

Congo Votes for Successor to Kabila in Long-Delayed Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo voted Sunday for a successor to long-serving President Joseph Kabila after a tense campaign the opposition said was marred by crackdowns and disruptions. Kabila’s handpicked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, is running for the ruling coalition and faces strong challenges from opposition alliances headed by Felix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu. The […]

U.S. Embassy Closed Because Of Terror Threat

U.S. Embassy Closed Because Of Terror Threat

The United States has closed its embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo because of what it says is “credible and specific” information about a terror threat. The embassy in Kinshasa will remain closed at least through Tuesday, and all U.S. citizens in the DRC are “strongly encouraged” to keep a low profile. The Congolese […]

U.S. Calls For Credible Election In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

U.S. Calls For  Credible Election In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

The United States is calling for peaceful and credible elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where campaigns for next month’s polls begin Friday. In a statement Wednesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the December 23 elections give the DRC “a historic opportunity” to conduct a peaceful and democratic transfer of power. She suggested […]

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

Current Ebola Outbreak Is Worst In Congo’s History – Ministry

The current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most severe in the country’s history with 319 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said late on Friday. The haemorrhagic fever is believed to have killed 198 people in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, where attacks by armed groups and community resistance […]

Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Congo Frees Supporters of Jailed Presidential Candidate Mokoko

Authorities in the Republic of Congo freed 11 political prisoners who backed opposition presidential candidate Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko in elections two years ago, said a lawyer who represented them.  Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who is scheduled to meet French President Emmanuel Macron next month, has faced international pressure to improve his administration’s human-rights record. […]

Do Not Treat Sexual Violence As Taboo’ – Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Denis Mukwege

Do Not Treat Sexual Violence As Taboo’ – Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Denis Mukwege

If all men would act and think like Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, it would be a better world. DW’s Susanne Krauß met the Nobel Peace Prize winner also referred to as the ‘miracle doctor’ at his Panzi hospital. Congolese gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in the provincial capital Bukavu. The 63-year-old physician […]

Congo’s Bemba Should Be Declared Ineligible For Dec Election – Ruling Coalition

Congo’s Bemba Should Be Declared Ineligible For Dec Election – Ruling Coalition

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba should be declared ineligible to stand in a presidential election in December because of a witness tampering conviction at The Hague, President Joseph Kabila’s ruling coalition said on Friday. The constitutional court decides who can contest the election and the coalition has no formal role but its view is likely […]

Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Congo Contenders: The Key Figures Expected to Run for President

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila evoked former dictator Mobutu Sese Seko when he addressed lawmakers anxious to hear whether he’ll run for president again. “I know why there is some tension in the room,” he told the packed chambers of parliament in the capital, Kinshasa, on July 20. “It’s because there are those […]

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Congo’s Kabila Says Election On Track But Stays Mum On Own Future

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila said in a speech on Thursday that a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned, but he declined to say whether he would defy term limits to stand for re-election.   Kabila is barred by the constitution from seeking a third term in the election but […]

Congo Mining Code Regulations Signed Into Law – Aides

Congo Mining Code Regulations Signed Into Law – Aides

Regulations to implement Congo’s new mining code have been signed into law with no changes, advisers to the prime minister told Reuters on Saturday, despite objections from mining firms that have been threatening legal action. Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala signed the regulations into law overnight, his adviser Patrick Mutombo Buzangu told Reuters by telephone, but […]