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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Congo-Kinshasa

The electoral mirage

Credible elections are no more likely this year than last but worsening living standards could trigger open revolt

The year begins with a distinct sense of déjà vu from a year ago. Postponed elections, originally supposed to take place in late 2016, are now promised for the end of the year to replace an unloved president who has overstayed his welcome, as well as his constitutionally allotted time. Yet, as the months roll on, it will become ever more apparent that the vote won't happen and Joseph Kabila isn't going anywhere.

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