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A blog on Congo, its politics and tribulations. Edited by Jason Stearns.

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The following is an article written for World Politics Review. Anti-government protestors burn tires as they protest a new law that could delay the scheduled election to be held in 2016, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jan. 20, 2015 (AP photo by John Bompengo). Flying into Kinshasa, the capital of

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Opposition member in Kinshasa with the constitution © Agence France Presse Headlines from Kinshasa have over the past weeks have spoken about a controversial electoral law and a brutal crackdown on demonstrations. The more appropriate headline, perhaps, should have been: The battle for Kabila’s succession has begun. That would have

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Courtesy of Manya Riche, @ManyaRiche The past three days has seen the worst protests in Kinshasa since the controversial elections three years ago. The violence was sparked by a proposed electoral law that links the electoral process to the census, which could delay national elections by several years and illegally

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The following is a guest blog by Judith Verweijen, a researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and at the Conflict Research Group at Ghent University.  On Monday 5 January 2014, the Congolese military (FARDC) and the South-African contingent of the United Nations’ Force Intervention Brigade mounted a

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The deadline provided by the United Nations, the ICGLR and SADC for the FDLR to demobilize expired on Friday. Almost immediately, the UN and Congolese army launched military operations ––not against the FDLR, but against the FNL, Burundian rebels who have several small bases in the Rusizi Plain in South

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Cemetery for the 23 victims of the Eringeti attacks of October 17, 2014 (Photo: Rachel Sweet) This is a guest blog by Rachel Sweet, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the politics of armed groups in eastern Congo, in particular on how preexisting business and bureaucratic practices

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Congolese Minister of Information Lambert Mende, on a visit to FDLR combatants in Kanyabayonga with Deputy SRSG for MONUSCO Abdallah Wafi/Courtesy of Radio Okapi It has been exactly one year since Martin Kobler, the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo, tweeted: “”The number one priority for MONUSCO

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Courtesy RTNC This morning, Joseph Kabila delivered his annual state of the union address. Dressed in a black tie and suit––perhaps a sign of respect for the recent victims of massacres in the eastern Congo––Kabila’s speech lasted for an hour and twenty minutes, in front of both houses of parliament, most

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This post has been updated since it was initially published. Over thirteen months after President Joseph Kabila said there would be a government of national cohesion, it’s finally here. Announced close to midnight local time on national television, the government brings in part of the opposition, empowers the heads of political parties,

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Records from the 1984 census, courtesy Prof Grégoire Kankwanda In the wake of the Blaise Compaoré’s precipitous fall from power, foreign diplomats in Kinshasa report that President Joseph Kabila told his staff to put a lid on campaigning for changing the constitution. After all, it was a very similar campaign

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