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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.
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.
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.
ICC Case Against Bemba Wrapping Up as Another Opens

VOA News - November 12, 2014

Jean-Pierre BembaThe four-year-long trial of former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is finally wrapping up in The Hague. But the story is not over. ICC judges want another trial, this time targeting both Bemba and his legal team for allegedly tampering with justice.
Kabila's Party Loses Seats in Parliament, Increasing Reliance on Allies

Congo News Agency - February 3, 2012

Congo national parliamentPresident Joseph Kabila’s party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), and its allies will hold a majority of seats in the new parliament, according to the results of the Nov. 28 parliamentary elections published by the Independent National Electoral Commission on Wednesday.
Kamerhe Rejects Single Opposition Candidate Strategy

Radio Okapi - November 19, 2011

Vital KamerheCampaigning in Bunia, Orientale Province, Vital Kamerhe said on Friday that trying to name one opposition candidate to face President Kabila in the Nov.  28 presidential election “only benefits Joseph Kabila. We are united but we don't want a single candidacy.”
Jean-Pierre Bemba Could Be Kingmaker in DR Congo Presidential Election

Congo News Agency - September 30, 2011

Jean-Pierre BembaThe former DR Congo Vice-President, who lost the second round of the 2006 presidential elections to President Joseph Kabila, remains a political force to be reckoned with. His support is actively being sought by opposition candidates running for president in this year’s one-round presidential election.
Opposition Party Ousts Leader Ahead of Elections

Julia Ritchey | VOA News - April 21, 2011

François MuambaThe main opposition party in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in disarray after firing its leader, making it even more difficult to mount a challenge against President Joseph Kabila in upcoming elections.
Bemba Supporters Say War Crimes Trial is Political

VOA News - November 23, 2010

Luis Moreno OcampoSupporters of former Congolese rebel leader and former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba say his war crimes trial is politically motivated. He faces two counts of crimes against humanity and three counts of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.







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