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Vol 64 No 20

Published 5th October 2023


Oppositionists vie for the presidency

Most of the leading opponents of President Félix Tshisekedi plan to run in December’s elections

For now, the national presidential and polling elections are still set for 20 December, but many political activists suspect the government could still change the schedule. The most likely adjustment would affect the country's troubled eastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, both officially under martial law. The popular suspicion is that the government will cite the security crisis in the two provinces as a reason to delay the polls there, probably until well after the national result has been declared, after which it will be too late for voters there to influence it.

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