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Missing you already

The grand old man of Congolese politics gets a state send-off, and the funeral offers a chance for political manoeuvres

Two years and four months after the old man passed away, the body of veteran Congolese politician Étienne Tshisekedi finally returned from Brussels to Congo-Kinshasa on 30 May. Tho...


Enemies without, and within

UN peacekeepers and other security sources confirm that units from at least two battalions of the Rwanda Defence Force have taken positions inside Congo-Kinshasa, to hunt down grou...


A shake-up takes shape

In spite of Kabila’s enduring power, politics is on the move, militias are mobilising, and fresh alliances are forming

The return to Congo-Kinshasa after three years in exile of Moïse Katumbi, the former Governor of Katanga, is set to shake up national politics even as ex-President Joseph Kabila re...


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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