Congo’s new president, Félix Tshisekedi, does not call the shots

VENDORS SELLING mobile-phone airtime and money-changers swinging bags of Congolese francs mill around beneath a billboard in Kinshasa that reads “Kabila forever”. It reminds people that Joseph Kabila, who stepped down in January as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo after 18 years, has not really gone.

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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:Kabila Tells UN to Withdraw Troops

[RFI] 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 cost.

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Congo-Kinshasa:Tensions Run High at DRC Policy Breakfast on Capitol Hill

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -The ‘Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo’ panel convened by the Congressional Black Caucus on Capitol Hill last week was planned before the recent outbreak in DRC of Ebola, an infectious and often fatal disease.

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