18 March 2019

Congo-Kinshasa: One Dead in Post-Election Violence

Photo: Présidence RDC
President Félix-A. Tshisekedi

At least one person is reported dead after protests over local elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Members of the ruling Union for Democracy and Social Progress party began demonstrating in the streets Friday to voice displeasure at the results of the vote for regional assembly. The election resulted in a majority going to the opposition Common Front for Congo, the party of long-time president Joseph Kabila.

One police officer was reported killed in the province of Kasai-Oriental.

In Kinshasa, protesters are reported to have attacked the headquarters of Kabila's party.

Kabila left office in January after an election win by the head of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, Felix Tshisekedi.

Friday's results erode the power held by the Tshisekedi government. The new president had promised to break away from the traditions of Kabila's 18-year rule.

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