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Explainer: What's at stake in Congo's presidential election?


DAKAR Democratic Republic of Congo will vote on Dec. 23 in a long-delayed election that could enable the vast Central African country's first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. | Video

Candidates to succeed Kabila after Congo's presidential election

KINSHASA Democratic Republic of Congo will hold a presidential election on Sunday that could lead to the country's first democratic transfer of power, following decades marked by authoritarian rule, coups and deadly conflict.

World, Africa Dec 17 2018

Bowing out as president, Congo's Kabila raises prospect of a return act

KINSHASA A month before his scheduled departure after nearly two decades as Congo's president, Joseph Kabila received a procession of foreign reporters at his heavily guarded riverside palace for a rare series of interviews.

World, Africa Dec 17 2018

U.N. alarmed by Congo violence as government steps up election security

KINSHASA/GENEVA The U.N. human rights chief on Friday called on Congolese authorities to halt violence and inflammatory speech ahead of the country's Dec. 23 presidential election, while the government said it was beefing up security for the vote. | Video

World, Africa, Dec 14 2018

Two Rwandan soldiers and rebels killed in clashes, says president

KIGALI At least two Rwandan soldiers and an unknown number of rebels were killed when a group of attackers crossed into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, President Paul Kagame said on Friday.

World, Africa Dec 14 2018

Congo fire destroys thousands of voting machines for presidential election

KINSHASA A fire overnight at a warehouse in Congo's capital destroyed thousands of voting machines and ballot boxes that were due to be used in the country's long-delayed Dec. 23 presidential election, authorities said on Thursday. | Video

World, Africa, Dec 13 2018

Congo police fire live rounds to disperse opposition candidate supporters

KINSHASA 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.

World, Africa Dec 12 2018

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mukwege worried Congo vote could lead to war

OSLO Presidential elections in Democratic Republic of Congo this month could lead to conflict if they are not free, fair and peaceful, and evidence suggests they will not be, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege said on Monday. | Video

World, Africa, Dec 11 2018

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

KINSHASA 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. | Video

World, Africa, Dec 10 2018

South Sudan health workers to get Ebola shots as Congo outbreak grows

Some 2,000 healthcare and frontline workers in South Sudan are to be offered Ebola vaccines to try to stop any importation of the viral disease from an epidemic in Congo, the World Health Organization said on Monday.

Health, Dec 10 2018

British government to activate full 'no-deal' Brexit preparations

LONDON The British government said on Tuesday it would implement plans for a no-deal Brexit in full and begin telling businesses and citizens to prepare for the risk of leaving the European Union without an agreement.