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Congo Siasa

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

Francois Mwamba, the coordinator of the national oversight mechanism of the PSCF (Courtesy: Radio Okapi) I was on Radio Okapi yesterday, discussing the failures and successes of the Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework, which turned two years old a few weeks ago. It was a sobering hour––and a terrible phone

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Interested in getting an intensive immersion into the politics and history of the Great Lakes region of Africa? The Rift Valley Institute will be holding its annual Great Lakes course in Kenya this year, between the 27 June and 3 July. You can apply here.  The Great Lakes Course covers

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Two weeks ago, the national elections commission published its election calendar. This is the outline: 25  October 2015: Provincial, municipal, urban, and local elections; 10  December 2015: Results of those elections announced; 17  January 2016: Election of senators by provincial assemblies; 31  January 2016: Election of governors and vice-governors by

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Jerome Bonso (Photo: John Bompengo, Radio Okapi) Jerome Bonso est parmi les activistes congolais qui suivent le processus électoral en RDC de près. Il est le coordonnateur d’Agir pour les élections transparentes et apaisées (AETA) et président du la Ligue Nationale pour les Elections Libres et Transparentes (LINELIT) Cette transcription

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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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