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Kabila corners Tshisekedi

The ex-president may have left the official residence but he now has the power to remove his successor at will

Elections to fill the 108 seats of Congo-Kinshasa's senate have delivered Joseph Kabila's political coalition a decisive majority in the upper house and handed him the power to imp...


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 ...


Church claims sweeping opposition win

Early results – which the regime is banning the media from reporting – indicate a win for the opposition after government plans to fix the poll went awry

A showdown is looming after the country’s Catholic bishops announced they knew who had won the presidential election on 30 December, as anger builds after delays in the release of ...

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Paris clashes with Moscow

The country is fast becoming a locus for confrontation between Russia and France as the UN mission’s mandate expires

Because of Russian disagreement, the mandate of the UN's Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic was not renewed in November. Russia had o...


Militias flex their muscles

Violence is escalating in the east, as UN leaders come under fire for not engaging with neighbouring countries responsible for it

With elections right around the corner, armed groups in the east are ramping up their attacks on government forces and United Nations peacekeepers. Meanwhile, a split in the opposi...


Moscow abhors a vacuum

France's failures in CAR opened the door to Russia. Now, Paris wants to win back a central role, but the government is hostile and the Kremlin has plans

The visit of the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to Bangui at the beginning of November was supposed to signal Paris's decisive re-engagement with its former territory...


Biya’s hollow victory

The country is not safer, more stable or any clearer about the succession despite an apparently decisive election victory

Few were surprised when President Paul Biya, 85, defeated his two main challengers – Maurice Kamto from the Mouvement pour la renaissance du Cameroun (MRC) and Cabral Libii N...


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