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DAKAR, Senegal | In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

DAKAR, Senegal—Jan 23, 2019— Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father’s shadow to become Congo’s next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician, Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight. The passage of power from father to son is a familiar story in Congo, where … Continue reading DAKAR, Senegal | In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

KINSHASA, Congo —Jan 18, 2019— Congo’s constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final results, citing “serious doubts” about the vote. Declared runner-up Martin … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo court poised to rule on presidential vote challenge

KINSHASA, Congo | Some celebrate, others claim fraud in Congo election results

KINSHASA, Congo — Jan 10, 2019—Supporters of surprise Congo presidential winner Felix Tshisekedi celebrated in the capital on Thursday, while rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu denounced the result as fraud after the long-delayed election marred by irregularities. “Today I am happy,” Tshisekedi told supporters. “Happy for the people of Congo. Everyone is celebrating that there … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Some celebrate, others claim fraud in Congo election results

KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Congo counts ballots after day of voting snags

KINSHASA, Congo — The latest on Congo’s presidential election (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Election officials in Congo are counting ballots from Sunday’s presidential election after a day in which numerous problems hampered voting across the vast Central African nation. People are hoping the often-delayed election to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila after … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | The Latest: Congo counts ballots after day of voting snags

KINSHASA, Congo | Delays, frustrations mark Congo’s presidential election

KINSHASA, Congo  — Lengthy delays were reported across Congo on Sunday, marring the presidential election the country hoped would be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960. Election observers are reporting multiple voting problems around the vast Central African nation, which is choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Delays, frustrations mark Congo’s presidential election

KINSHASA, Congo | Rallies banned in Congo’s capital city days before elections

KINSHASA, Congo— Days before Congo’s elections, the Kinshasa’s governor banned campaign rallies in the capital city, citing security concerns. The capital’s governor Andre Kimbuta on Wednesday cancelled all political rallies in the city for the 21 candidates vying for the presidency in the Dec. 23 elections. The order appears to have brought opposition candidate Martin … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Rallies banned in Congo’s capital city days before elections

BRUSSELS | EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. EU headquarters said that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo’s ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 13 other … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

BRUSSELS | EU set to prolong sanctions against Congo election candidate

BRUSSELS — The European Union is set next week to prolong sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. EU officials confirmed Friday that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed against Congo’s ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 15 … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU set to prolong sanctions against Congo election candidate