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Kabila to remain in politics after December polls

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, on Sunday said he plans to stay in politics when he steps down after elections on December 23. He does not rule out running again for president in 2023. Kabila in an interview with Reuters said his role will be to make sure that the mineral-rich […]

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Congo’s Ebola epidemic is world’s second-biggest outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, the health ministry said late on Thursday. This outbreak – the second this year – began in North Kivu Province before spreading to Ituri Province in the east of the country. It’s the 10th time since 1976 that Ebola has struck the […]

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DRC Elections: heavyweights outlined their manifestos

The frontrunners to replace Joseph Kabila in long delayed presidential polls in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have outlined their manifestos. The elections are due to be held in December and will pit Kabila’s preferred candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, against heavyweights such as Félix Tshisekedi, son of one of the DRC’s most well-known opposition politicians, […]

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Ebola clinical trials begin in DR Congo

Congolese authorities last weekend approved clinical trials for four experimental Ebola treatments in the Central African nation. According to local media, health workers have already administered therapeutic treatments to more than 150 Ebola patients since August. The treatment will be free of charge, the health ministry said in a statement. “Precious information about the effectiveness […]

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DRC: cholera outbreak claims 857 lives – WHO

The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 857 cholera deaths since the beginning of the year, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. The statistics released by the UN body show over 25,000 officially registered cases in the war-torn nation. At least one case has been reported in 21 of the country’s 26 provinces, with […]

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Congo opposition parties quit pact to back one candidate

The son of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s late opposition leader, has withdrawn from the coalition that named a joint candidate over the weekend. Main opposition parties in DRC have chosen Martin Fayulu as their candidate for the long-delayed December 23 elections. The agreement was reached after talks in Geneva. However, angry opposition […]

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Congolese opposition picks a coalition presidential candidate

A coalition of main opposition parties in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has chosen Martin Fayulu as their candidate for December 23 presidential elections in the mineral-rich nation. The new coalition is called Lamuka. The move follows a week of talks in Geneva under the auspices of the Kofi Annan Foundation. Fayulu, 62, is the […]

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Congos ink deal to build $550 Mln Bridge

The African Development Bank, Congo and the Republic of Congo have signed an agreement to build a bridge across Africa’s mighty Congo River, the first to link the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville. The deal was signed on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in Johannesburg. The African Development Bank said it […]

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DRC: Security Council urges responder-safety focus, as Ebola outbreak worsens

The United Nations Security Council has voiced “serious concern” over the impact of deteriorating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak and fears that the virus could spread further into the country and the wider region. A large country in central Africa, DRC has […]

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Ebola in DR Congo: UN chief ‘outraged’ by recent killings of civilians, health workers

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said on Monday he is “outraged by the continued killing and abduction of civilians by armed groups” near Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu region, which has been grappling with an Ebola outbreak since August. Mr. Guterres condemned Saturday’s attack in the town of […]

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