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Vol 56 No 1

Published 9th January 2015


Congo-Kinshasa

Hell no, he won’t go

Kabila’s determination to stay in power regardless of the legalities poses major risks – but the economy is looking up

Speculation is rising that the probable postponement of local elections due in June and October is part of a plan by President Joseph Kabila to put off next year's presidential election. He aims to prolong his presidency for as long as possible and other options to hold on to power are proving unworkable. The electoral commission, the Commission électorale nationale indépendante (CENI), blames insufficient funds and the failure to fix constituency boundaries. Organising the local polls is already way behind schedule, say civil society sources.

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