Congo-Kinshasa: US Threatens Sanctions if ‘Voices, Votes Not Respected’

[State Department] The United States stands by the millions of Congolese voters who went to the polls across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on December 30 to participate in presidential, legislative, and provincial assembly elections. Since independence in 1960, the DRC has never experienced a peaceful, democratic transfer of power

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Congo-Kinshasa: DR Congo Elections – Reversing a Dangerous Decision

[ICG] After postponing long-awaited elections, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission has announced a second delay in voting in some conflict-affected areas – until after a new president takes office. This decision disenfranchises 1.25 million Congolese and risks major unrest. The commission should rescind it.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Opposition’s Presidential Candidate Rejected A Day After He Was Selected

[Deutsche Welle] Congolese opposition party UDPS has rejected Martin Fayulu as the main opposition candidate a day after he was picked. Now there are doubts whether the alliance will stand the test of time until the December 23 election.

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Congo-Kinshasa: DRC-SA Talks – Zuma Unlikely to Pressure Kabila to Go to the Polls

[Daily Maverick] Observers and many of the Congolese diaspora in South Africa are hoping that President Jacob Zuma will tell DRC President Joseph Kabila it is time to go when they meet in Pretoria on Sunday. But this is unlikely.

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Congo-Kinshasa: Fear of Rebels’ Return Fuels Tensions

[East African] The reported re-emergence of M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could present a security problem for President Joseph Kabila, who is currently facing political resistance. There are fears that the rebel insurgents could unleash chaos in the already fragile east of the country.

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