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One candidate “clearly won” Congo election – Catholic Church bishops

The Roman Catholic Church bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Thursday said they already know the winner of the December 30 presidential elections, according to tallies from more than 40,000 observers deployed by the church across the country. According to the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops, it was clear which […]

Internet shut down as DRC counts vote in presidential polls

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has cut internet connections and SMS services across the country as it awaited results from a “chaotic” presidential election. The mineral-rich nation on Monday began counting ballots from the election marked by delays and fears of violence and vote-rigging. Sunday’s elections went ahead after two years of delays and sporadic […]

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DRC: Congolese await vote results of first peaceful power transfer

Congolese are waiting for Sunday election results which will unveil the successor of the outgoing President Joseph Kabila two years after the electoral process was delayed over logistical problems. Millions of Congolese Sunday cast their votes except some 1.26 million in some regions of the country, including the eastern city of Goma the vote has […]

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DRC poll delay: UN Security Council calls for Continuous dialogue

The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until December 30. The polls, previously scheduled for Sunday December 23 were delayed by the country’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Taking […]

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Congo Decides: More than 100 killed in clashes days before vote

More than 100 people have been killed in clashes between rival ethnic groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, days before Sunday’s long-delayed presidential, legislative and provincial elections, in the war-torn mineral-rich nation. According to local media, the fighting between the Batende and Banunu ethnic groups broke out on Sunday over the disputed location of a […]

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WFP driver killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Food Program is deeply saddened by the killing on Monday of a staff member in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Richard Kasimba, a driver, was shot dead during an ambush by unknown assailants about 70 kilometres northwest of Goma, North Kivu province, while travelling by road with three colleagues to monitor a […]

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Peripheral US-staff ordered to leave crisis-wracked DRC ahead of polls

The US State Department had ordered non-emergency government staff and family members of government employees to leave Democratic Republic of Congo a week before a presidential election. After two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo has started campaigns for the long-delayed Dec. 23 poll. Voters on December 23 will […]

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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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United States, Republic of Congo sign open skies air transport agreement

The United States and Republic of Congo have signed a new open skies air transport agreement which seeks to strengthen the civil aviation partnership between the two countries while deepening commercial and economic ties, the State Department announced in a release Wednesday.   The Agreement provides for unrestricted reciprocal market access for passenger and cargo […]

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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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