A little more than four months before the end of President Joseph Kabila’s term, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the edge of a deep political crisis. Given the many artificial delays created by the government, it will be almost impossible for elections to be held by December 2016,
Le 24 juillet, on témoigne le dernière tournant dans le mélodrame congolais: Au nom du Rassemblement de l’opposition, Etienne Tshisekedi récuse le facilitateur du dialogue, Edem Kodjo. La réaction de Smaïl Chergui, commissaire Paix et Sécurité de l’Union Africaine s’est voulue claire : il n’est pas question de nommer un nouveau
The electoral process in the Congo is in the ditch. President Joseph Kabila, the United Nations, and the African Union have said they would like the dialogue––which was called for in November 2015––to begin by the end of July. With several opposition leaders (Kamerhe, Katumbi, Bazaiba) in Philadelphia for the Democratic
Interview with Professor Crawford Young. We discuss what templates Congolese history has provided to today’s leaders––is it really a choice between authoritarianism (Mobutu) or the chaotic democratic “pagaille” of 1961-1964? Young, who first travelled to the Congo around independence, compares the Congo with other African countries.
With exactly five months left in his term, President Joseph Kabila appears as a man unsure of what he wants, except perhaps more time to figure out what he wants. As a reminder, his constitutional term ends on December 19 this year. But Kabila and his entourage has been ambiguous
La situation politique et électorale est de plus en plus volatile à mesure que l’on approche le 20 décembre 2016, date marquant la fin du dernier mandat du président Joseph Kabila. Les différents stratagèmes du gouvernement, ainsi que de la Majorité présidentielle (MP), révèlent les intentions de maintenir le Président
Today, opposition rallies took place across the Congo. This was the latest in a series of opposition demonstrations intended to ratchet up pressure on Joseph Kabila’s government. The stakes were high: Kabila, who is supposed to step down in December, is appearing increasingly reluctant to hand over power any time