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Kabila announces new government but protests continue

Gunfire and arrests in DR Congo as Kabila’s mandate ends Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Gunfire erupted in major DR Congo cities and the UN voiced alarm over a wave of arrests, as protesters demanded President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate expired Tuesday. With fears of violence …

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Tensions mount in DR Congo as end of Kabila’s term nears

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Security forces patrolled the tense streets of Kinshasa on Sunday after the suspension of last-ditch talks to find a peaceful way out of the nation’s political crisis sparked by the end of President Joseph Kabila’s mandate. Negotiations to agree a way forward for the …

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Family of DR Congo leader Kabila built fortune

Paris, France | AFP | President Joseph Kabila and his family in the Democratic Republic of Congo have created a personal economic empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the Bloomberg News agency reported Thursday. “Together the Kabilas have built a network of businesses that reaches into every corner of …

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No elections in DR Congo before April 2018

Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP |  Controversial moves to extend Congolese President Laurent Kabila’s stay in power appeared to advance Sunday as a close ally said elections would not be held until April 2018, 16 months after Kabila was due to leave office. Foreign Minister Raymond Tshibanda also warned that the …

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‘Bye-Bye Kabila’ campaign launched in DR Congo

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  Around a dozen opposition groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo united Tuesday in a campaign urging President Joseph Kabila to quit when his mandate officially ends on December 20. The “Bye-Bye Kabila” movement wants the president, who has been accused of delaying election …

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Kabila makes defiant speech to parliament, not resigning

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Congolese President Joseph Kabila on Tuesday defied calls to step down when his term ends next month and vowed during remarks to lawmakers to defend his government against violent overthrow. His defiant speech to parliament came as criticism grows following a controversial deal between …

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DR Congo police fire tear gas to prevent banned rally

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP |  Police fired tear gas and fanned out across the capital of DR Congo on Saturday to prevent a banned opposition rally seeking the exit of President Joseph Kabila this year. DR Congo has been going through political turmoil which deepened last month after the …

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