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Vol 60 No 3

Published 8th February 2019


Congo-Kinshasa

A day of portents

The inauguration of the new president witnessed incidents that gave a foretaste of the kind of regime the country can look forward to

The day – 24 January – of Congo-Kinshasa's first peaceful handover of power since independence in 1960, was full of signs and omens. One of them was the sight of young militants of the Félix Tshisekedi's Union pour la démocratie et le progrès social (UDPS) roaming the streets of Kinshasa before the presidential swearing-in – alongside their former foes, the police – with both with eyes peeled and fists clenched in case they spotted supporters of Martin Fayulu, who was the real victor in the presidential election, according to both the Catholic Church and leaked data from the electoral commission.

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