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Democratic Republic of Congo elects a president

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The Democratic Republic of Congo elects a new president on 28 November. Incumbent Joseph Kabila hopes to be reelected. His main challenger, veteran opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi, is already crying foul and there are charges of organisational mayhem. Nine other candidates also have their hats in the ring.

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  • Police admit killing four in DRC post-election violence

    The chief of the Democratic Republic of Congo's police has confirmed that his forces killed four people in post-election violence but declared the situation under control Sunday. It’s “hard to predict” whether the situation will deteriorate …

  • Kabila declared DRC election victor, Tshisekedi says he won

    The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission has declared incumbent president Joseph Kabila reelected after securing 49 per cent of the vote in the presidential election. But Kabila’s closest rival,  Etienne Tshisekedi, says he won and …

  • Kinshasa holds its breath for DRC election results

    Hours away from the announcement of the delayed preliminary presidential election results, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital remains tense. On Thursday there were isolated clashes between riot police and UDPS party supporters in the Limete …

  • Kabila in pole position ahead of preliminary results

    Incumbent president Joseph Kabila leads his main challenger Etienne Tshisekedi by 10 per cent in partial results announced late on Monday. Ahead of Tuesday’s official preliminary results there have been diplomatic efforts to avoid any possible …

  • Kabila leads DRC elections with half polling stations counted

    The Democratic Republic of Congo’s incumbent president Joseph Kabila is leading the presidential election, according to partial results announced on Sunday. The country’s electoral commission said Kabila leads his main rival Etienne Tshisekedi by …

  • Kabila leads in partial results from DRC polls

    The Democratic Republic of Congo’s incumbent president Joseph Kabila is leading the presidential election, according to partial results announced by the country’s electoral commission on Friday. The figures represent 15 per cent of the country’s …

  • Praise and criticism for DRC elections in observer reports

    The results of international and national observation missions to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 2011 elections were presented in Kinshasa on Thursday. The European Union said the process was “inadequately controlled” while Congolese observers …

  • Satan, exorcism and magic T-shirts - our favourite rumours from DRC presidential poll

    The Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa is a rumour mill. No more so that during the country’s 2011 presidential elections. The Congolese are sometimes superstitious, at times moralistic and always feverish in their chatter about the …

  • UDPS party says five provinces secured in DRC elections

    As votes are tallied and counted in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections the main opposition UDPS party told RFI on Tuesday that despite fraud they are confident of securing victory. Etienne Tshisekedi’s party says they have …

  • Voting chaos and pockets of violence mar DRC elections

    Missing ballot papers and problems with voter lists kicked off the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections on Monday, with scattered pockets of violence throughout the country. RFI visited polling stations in Kinshasa, where …

  • Voting delayed in Democratic Republic of Congo elections

    Voting started late on Monday at some polling stations in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections, despite assurances from the electoral commission that all would be ready on time.

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