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WHO calls crisis meeting over deadly Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives. The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as “very high,” although […]

ICC sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba for witness tampering

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally sentenced DRC’s former vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba to a €300,000 fine and a 12-month sentence for witness tampering. The former warlord’s sentence was, however, reduced to zero due to time served. The Hague-Based court acquitted 55-year-old businessman-turned-rebel leader Bemba on appeal for war crimes and crimes against humanity […]

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Congo Elections: top court excludes Bemba from race

Opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been definitively barred from running as a presidential candidate in December’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Constitutional Court of the Central African nation earlier this week backed the electoral commission’s ruling that Bemba cannot run because of a conviction at the International Criminal Court. The constitutional […]

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Congo seeks Beijing’s help on IMF bailout accord

President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso will seek Chinese support for its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund about a bailout, a government spokesman told Bloomberg. According to Thierry Moungala, Brazzaville will solicit China’s support during the China-Africa Cooperation Forum to be held in Beijing September 3 to 4. Congo is seeking […]

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DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern ‘no-go’ zone surrounded by rebels

Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday. “Thousands of civilians have fled their burned-out villages, bringing reports of brutal attacks,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High […]

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Freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns, UNHCR official stresses

Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. The statement was made by Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, who on Thursday completed a four-day visit to Tanzania, which is hosting more than 340,000 refugees […]

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DRC’s Kabila will not run in December elections

Joseph Kabila will not be a candidate in December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, government spokesman Lambert Mende told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday. According to Mende, the 47-year-old president, in power since 2001, has appointed Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his successor. Shadary, 57, is the permanent secretary of Kabila’s […]

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AU calls for transparent elections in DRC

The African Union has called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure peaceful, transparent and truly inclusive elections. The central Africa mineral-rich nation is due to hold long delayed presidential elections in December this year. The deadline for submission of presidential candidacy papers expires today, August 8, 2018. The Chairperson of the Commission Moussa […]

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Exiled DRC tycoon to try entry via Zambia to contest key election

Exiled opposition leader and multimillionaire Moise Katumbi will not attempt to land in DR. Congo after his private jet has been barred from landing on Friday in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga Province. The political heavyweight will instead try to enter via Zambia, his party said Friday. The 53-year-old former governor of the mineral-rich province has […]

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Congo’s Bemba arrives in, prepares to Challenge Kabila

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba arrives in Kinshasa on Wednesday to submit his presidential candidacy after a decade in prison in The Hague. The president of the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) has declared his intention to run for president, shaking up Congolese politics ahead of a long-delayed election in the Central African mineral-rich […]

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