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Vol 54 No 1

Published 11th January 2013


Ailing and failing

President Kabila’s legitimacy is under attack at home while the country faces ruthless rebel militias backed by Rwanda and Uganda

This could well be the year in which Kinshasa’s hard-won but only half-complete institutions start to break up. Since 2006, the state has proclaimed that the President, along with national and provincial governors and parliaments, would emerge from internationally acceptable elections. It is not happening. The President and the National Assembly were indeed elected in November 2011, albeit under challenge, but there the flawed process halted. Neither the provincial nor senatorial polls due in 2012 took place and there is scant prospect of them this year.

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