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Jean-Pierre Bemba banned from running for president

Radio Okapi - August 25, 2018

The CENI building in Kinshasa on 7.26.2018The candidacy of Jean-Pierre Bemba for the presidential election scheduled to be held on December 23 has been rejected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), according to the list of accepted candidacies it published just after midnight on Saturday in Kinshasa.
Vital Kamerhe named UNC presidential candidate

Radio Okapi - August 4, 2018

Vital Kamerhe named UNC presidential candidateVital Kamerhe has been named as the candidate of the Union for the Congolese Nation (UNC) for the December 23 presidential election. This was one of the resolutions taken during the second congress of the opposition party that ended Saturday, August 4 in Kinshasa.
Bemba says Katumbi should be allowed to run for president

Radio Okapi - August 4, 2018

Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba in KinshasaReacting to the news that Moise Katumbi has been refused entry at the DR Congo and Zambia border crossing in Kasumbalesa, Jean-Pierre Bemba called on Friday on Congolese authorities to de-escalate the situation. The elections must be inclusive, and, at this stage, the unity and cohesion of the country must be strengthened, Jean-Pierre Bemba said during a press conference in Kinshasa.
Moise Katumbi blocked from entering DR Congo

Radio Okapi - August 3, 2018

Moise KatumbiMoise Katumbi and his delegation are stranded in Zambia, as the Congolese opposition leader attempts to return to DR Congo to run in the upcoming presidential election. The former governor of Katanga Province had arrived at the border crossing between Zambia and DR Congo this Friday, August 3 at 1pm local time.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Returns to DR Congo

Radio Okapi - August 1, 2018

Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba meets supporters at the N'djili airport upon his return to KinshasaSenator Jean-Pierre Bemba returned to DR Congo on Wednesday, August 1. He arrived at the N’djili airport shortly after 9:30am. “I’m happy to be back in my country,” Senator Bemba told reporters. Surrounded by the police, his convoy left the airport around 11am, with cheering fans singing songs in his honor.
Jean-Pierre Bemba named MLC presidential candidate

Radio Okapi - July 13, 2018

Jean-Pierre BembaSenator Jean-Pierre Bemba has been nominated as the presidential candidate for the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC). The resolution was taken on Friday in Kinshasa at the closing of the third congress of the opposition party. The participants also decided to renew Jean-Pierre Bemba as the head of the Party for a term of 5 years.
Botswana Urges Joseph Kabila to Step Down

VOA News - February 26, 2018

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila (L) walks alongside South Africa President Jacob Zuma (C), and Mozambique President Armando Guebuza during a lunch break at the SADC summit in Maputo on June 15, 2013The southern African nation of Botswana has taken the unusual step of directly criticizing Congolese President Joseph Kabila, saying his refusal to hold long overdue elections is driving deadly violence and a growing humanitarian emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
No elections in DR Congo in December without electronic voting machines: INEC

Radio Okapi/AFP - February 13, 2018

Corneille NangaaThe president of DR Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced on Tuesday that without the use of contested voting machines, it will not be possible to organize the presidential election as planned on December 23 to choose the successor of President Joseph Kabila.
US Warns DR Congo Against Electronic Voting for Delayed Election

VOA News/Reuters - February 12, 2018

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyThe United States warned the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday against using an electronic voting system for a long-delayed presidential election in December this year because it has the potential to undermine the credibility of the poll.







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