What in the World Happened in DR Congo?

The first democratic transfer of power to an opposition candidate in six decades of independence is on hold as anxious citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo await the final outcome of elections. A court challenge rather than weekend street protests has dampened immediate fears of widespread political violence. But the influential Catholic Church, which fielded nearly 40,000 observers, has disputed the government's results, and ballots are yet to be cast in two opposition strongholds, including areas hit by Ebola and conflict.

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Making Sense of the Struggle for Democracy

    The Conversation Africa, 19 January 2019

    On January 10, amid much controversy, the national electoral commission announced that Félix Tshisekedi had won the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) presidential… Read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:   A Recount and Talks to Find a Way Out of the Crisis

    Crisis Group, 19 January 2019

    The DR Congo is facing a major political crisis over the 30 December election's result. A recount would allow subsequent negotiations to take place on the basis of a clear… Read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:  Authoritarian Out – But What's Next in DRC?

    allAfrica, 14 January 2019

    The presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have put hopes for real change on hold, but a weekend court challenge by the opposition instead of… Read more »

  • Congo-Kinshasa:   Lessons from Congo's 2018 Election

    Atlantic Council, 14 January 2019

    Under cover of darkness, in the wee hours of the morning of January 10, Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) declared Felix Tshisekedi to be the winner of the… Read more »

Voters lining up in front of polling stations during Presidential and Legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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