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Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election (13.12.2018)

A fire overnight at a warehouse in Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the Dec. 23 presidential election, a presidential adviser said on Thursday.

Congo faces pivotal poll after 2 years of delays (12.12.2018)

The December 23 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are the country's most important in more than a decade. After delaying a new poll for two years, longtime President Joseph Kabila is stepping aside. Two main candidates are vying to replace him, one is his handpicked successor, the other...

Congo police fire live rounds to disperse opposition candidate supporters (12.12.2018)

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo fired teargas and live bullets for a second day on Wednesday to disperse supporters of opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu, killing at least one person, local activists said.

EU renews Congo sanctions ahead of presidential election (10.12.2018)

The European Union renewed sanctions on Monday against the ruling coalition’s candidate for presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, and 13 other senior officials. The decision is likely to worsen relations between the EU and President Joseph Kabila’s...

Congo's outgoing president Kabila doesn't rule out running again in 2023 (09.12.2018)

The president of Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, plans to stay in politics when he steps down after elections on Dec. 23 and does not rule out running again for president in 2023, he told Reuters in an interview on Sunday. The long-delayed elections will mark Congo’s first democratic...

Congo arrests army colonel in connection with killing of U.N. monitors: lawyer (07.12.2018)

A Congolese army colonel has been arrested in connection with the killing of two U.N. sanctions monitors, a prosecutor said on Friday - the first member of the security services detained over the case.

Aid groups accuse UN of manipulating data ahead of Congo polls (05.12.2018)

Aid agencies working in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused the United Nations of manipulating data ahead of elections to give an overly positive impression of the situation in a country beset by conflict and disease. They say new figures from the U.N. humanitarian agency that show a...

'Possible terrorist threat' closes US embassy in DR Congo for fourth day (29.11.2018)

The US embassy in Kinshasa will on Thursday be closed to the public for a fourth day following "credible and precise information" about a possible terrorist threat, a month ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election.

DRC's Tshisekedi returns to kick off presidential bid (27.11.2018)

Congolese opposition scion Felix Tshisekedi returned home to Kinshasa on Tuesday greeted by tens of thousands of supporters as he kicked off his campaign to replace longtime president and foe Joseph Kabila in December elections.

Seven UN soldiers killed in DR Congo (19.11.2018)

Seven U.N. military personnel were killed during joint operations with the Congolese military in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Six of the dead were Malawian, and one Tanzanian. Ten more peacekeepers were wounded, and another is missing, according to a statement from the U.N....

Two Congo opposition leaders pull support for joint election candidate (13.11.2018)

Two Congolese opposition leaders on Monday pulled out of a wider deal to support a single candidate in next month’s presidential election, seemingly ending hopes of a united front against the handpicked successor to Joseph Kabila.

Government must ‘secure’ polls in key DR Congo vote due next month: UN envoy (13.11.2018)

With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Government must ‘secure’ polls in key DR Congo vote due next month: UN envoy (13.11.2018)

With key national elections due next month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), armed groups in the east of the country still threaten to derail the vote, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Problems multiply in Congo’s Kasaï (08.11.2018)

The Kasaï region in the Democratic Republic of Congo is struggling to recover from two years of intense conflict. The influx last month of more than 300,000 people from Angola, most of them long-standing migrant workers, has made a fragile humanitarian situation worse.

EU to renew sanctions on Congolese officials including presidential candidate, diplomats say (31.10.2018)

The European Union is set to renew sanctions in December on senior officials in Democratic Republic of Congo, including presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, four Western diplomats told Reuters. The EU imposed sanctions last year on Shadary, who served as interior minister, and 15 other...

DR Congo opposition parties agree to name unity candidate by mid-November (26.10.2018)

The Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition parties agreed on Thursday to name a single unity candidate by mid-November to run against President Joseph Kabila's choice in December elections.

Electoral process advancing despite threat of armed groups, UN envoy tells Security Council (11.10.2018)

December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remain on course, but still face “major challenges”, including violence from armed groups in the country’s east, the top United Nations official in the country said on Thursday.

In DR Congo, UN Security Council says December polls are ‘historic opportunity’ for country (06.10.2018)

The United Nations Security Council is on a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where on Saturday the body’s 15 members pledged to support the process in the run-up to long-delayed elections, set for late December, and called for the polls to be credible and peaceful.

UN Security Council heads to DRC ahead of polls (03.10.2018)

The U.N. Security Council is heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week ahead of December elections, amid tensions between Congolese authorities and the UN and concerns over a risk of poll violence.

Kabila tells UN to withdraw troops (27.09.2018)

Congolese President Joseph Kabila has called on UN peacekeepers to leave his country, lambasting two decades of inaction. Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Kabila vowed to "oppose any interference in the electoral process under way" stating that his government would cover the full...

Peaceful elections pledged for DR Congo (26.09.2018)

Outgoing Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila pledged at the United Nations “peaceful, credible” elections would be held in his country as planned by the end of the year. His announcement calmed tensions that have seen dozens of anti-Kabila demonstrators killed by security forces...

Kabila candidate faces challenges in DRC election (19.09.2018)

Joseph Kabila's preferred successor as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will face a credible election challenge in December from two opposition leaders, the final list of candidates published Wednesday showed.

UN accuses DRC police of using force to break up peaceful protests (07.09.2018)

The U.N. human rights office accuses police in the Democratic Republic of Congo of violently breaking up peaceful protests ahead of the country's long-awaited election campaign.

DR Congo court bans Jean-Pierre Bemba from elections (03.09.2018)

The top court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday excluded former vice president and opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba from standing for election because of a witness tampering conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Respect for fundamental rights and freedoms key for peaceful polls – UN mission chief (27.08.2018)

Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the country, known by its French acronym, MONUSCO, briefed ambassadors on the latest developments related to the December vote, which will mark the first peaceful transfer of power in the country. However, key concerns persist, including...

Congo trial over killings of UN experts resumes after long suspension (27.08.2018)

The trial of more than two dozen people, including a former intelligence agency informant, suspected in the killings of two UN sanctions monitors last year in central Congo resumed on Monday after a 10-month suspension, defence lawyers said.

Congo rejects presidential bid of opposition leader Bemba (25.08.2018)

The election commission of Democratic Republic of Congo has excluded opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba and three former prime ministers from the list of approved candidates for December’s presidential election, which was published on Friday.

With DRC election in December, MONUSCO, squeezed by political and budgetary pressures, labors on (22.08.2018)

This is a delicate year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with a general election scheduled for December, two years late, and a lot of unknowns about the resulting aftermath. … It is in this context that the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping in terms of budget and number of...

DRC wins the battle for stability, but not yet the war (15.08.2018)

Successful conflict management is hard to find anywhere these days - and often least so in Central Africa. It is all the more important then to look at recent developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and acknowledge that domestic opposition, coupled with regional and international...

UN chief welcomes DR Congo President’s promise to stand down (10.08.2018)

In line with constitutional rules, Mr. Kabila was due to end his mandate as leader of the Central African nation, in 2016. Following delays and subsequent political mediation, his term was extended until December 2017, but protests were sparked when polls were once again delayed by 12 months,...

Congo's Kabila will not stand in presidential election (08.08.2018)

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila will not stand in December’s presidential election, a spokesman said on Wednesday, announcing that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be the ruling coalition’s candidate.

DR Congo opposition leader Katumbi blocked from returning home (04.08.2018)

Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi has been blocked from entering the country to register as a candidate in December's long-delayed presidential election, a spokesman said Saturday.

Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo exacerbates complexity of response: WHO emergency response chief (04.08.2018)

Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

DR Congo ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba welcomed home (01.08.2018)

Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has arrived home in the capital, Kinshasa, after 11 years in exile and prison. The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction by the International Criminal Court overturned in June. … He has declared his intention to contest the...

Bemba to return to DRC Aug 1 ahead of polls (24.07.2018)

Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, acquitted last month of war crimes, will return to the country on August 1 ahead of end-year elections, his party announced on Monday.

Congo's Kabila appoints army chief under U.S., EU sanctions for alleged violence (15.07.2018)

State television reported on Sunday that Kabila had appointed General John Numbi to the role of inspector general of the Congolese Armed Forces. Numbi has been placed under sanctions by the United States, the EU and Switzerland for alleged killings of scores of civilians by forces controlled by him...

Jean-Pierre Bemba named as DRC presidential candidate (14.07.2018)

Bemba, a former DRC vice president, accepted the candidacy from his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) party on Friday by telephone from Brussels, where he was released days after the ICC overturned his 18-year sentence.

Congo's Kabila delays UN chief's visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy Haley (10.07.2018)

Congolese President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa.

Conflict in Congo's Kasai could be prelude to genocide, UN expert warns (04.07.2018)

Mutilation, gang rape and killing documented in Congo's Kasai region could be a harbinger of genocide, the U.N. torture investigator told Reuters on Wednesday, calling for action to prevent another Rwanda or Srebrenica. Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture worldwide, said he was alarmed by...

UN envoy calls for ‘a level playing field’ in key upcoming elections (26.06.2018)

Major progress has been made on preparations for the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but “conditions for a level playing field are not yet in place”, said the most senior United Nations official based in the country.

All sides committed war crimes in Congo's Kasai region - U.N (26.06.2018)

Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed “crimes against humanity and war crimes” in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation.

DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake – ICG briefing (15.06.2018)

[…] Bemba’s arrest on an ICC warrant in 2008 removed one of President Joseph Kabila’s fiercest rivals, and his dramatic acquittal could reshape the political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the country prepares for elections slated for December 2018.

Will Kabila stand again? (30.05.2018)

There is a new video doing the rounds on social media and television stations in the DRC. It’s a two-minute homage to President Joseph Kabila, crediting him with everything from reunifying the country after the 1998-2003 war to reviving agriculture and guaranteeing effective democracy in the DRC....

Congo Ebola outbreak offers first test for emergency fund to prevent pandemics (28.05.2018)

The Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, or PEF, was set up after the 2013-2016 West Africa Ebola epidemic, which was only brought under control at a cost of more than 11,000 lives and about $3 billion, and after late and insufficient response efforts failed to stem the disease.

UN experts say Congo obstructs probe of U.N. monitors' killings - note (03.05.2018)

Congolese security officials are interfering with the investigation into the killings of two U.N. sanctions monitors last year in central Democratic Republic of Congo, U.N. experts deployed to assist the investigation said. The charge came in a confidential note by the United Nations' Department of...

Five likely mass graves found in Congo borderlands: UN (26.04.2018)

United Nations investigators have discovered five probable mass grave sites in eastern Congo's Ituri province where an outbreak of ethnic violence has killed at least 263 people, a UN peacekeeping mission said.

SADC to meet about DRC stability (23.04.2018)

When the Southern Africa Development Conference meets Tuesday to discuss the Democratic Republic of Congo’s efforts to hold elections and stabilize the country, the DRC’s leader might not attend. … SADC last week opened an office in Kinshasa to support the country as it prepares for the election...

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