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Vol 64 No 1

Published 5th January 2023


Horse-trading risks poll delay

The President is trying to decide whether to contest or postpone December's polls while juggling his political alliances and musing on threats in the east

President Félix Tshisekedi has been consolidating power, but that does not mean accountability and better governance are any closer than when he fraudulently won the presidency in 2018. A presidential election is scheduled in December and rather than fight to win it, Tshisekedi's advisors are counselling postponing the elections by using the conflict in the east with Rwanda's proxies, the M23 guerrillas, as an excuse.

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