Opposition leader’s body returning to Congo for funeral

World 05/30/19, 07:46

A plane carrying the body of longtime Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi headed home Thursday two years after his death, ending a political standoff that eased when his son became president earlier this year.Tens of thousands of people were expected to welcome the return of his remains Thursday evening, with ...

Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms

World 05/18/19, 07:13

Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo feared being jailed if he returned to his country as an opponent of the longtime president.During his five years in exile, a court convicted him in absentia on charges related to a real estate dispute which he says were politically motivated.All that changed ...

Update: Congo’s Tshisekedi sworn in as new president

World 01/24/19, 08:28

The Latest on Congo's new president (all times local):2:30 p.m.Congo's Felix Tshisekedi has been sworn in as the new president, cementing the Central African nation's first peaceful transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago.The opposition leader has taken the oath and held up the national flag in celebration.He ...

Congo set to inaugurate new president from opposition

World 01/24/19, 05:11

Congo is set to inaugurate an opposition leader as its unexpected new president in the Central African country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago.The 55-year-old Felix Tshisekedi, son of the late opposition icon Etienne, will be sworn into office on Thursday at the Peoples' ...

Congo’s Kabila, on eve of leaving presidency, urges unity

World 01/23/19, 16:08

With less than 24 hours left in his rule, Congo's President Joseph Kabila urged the nation to "massively" support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election that surprised the world by bringing an opposition leader to power.Kabila is stepping aside after more than two turbulent years of delayed elections ...

In Congo, some party on eve of opposition taking presidency

World 01/23/19, 12:44

Memorial caps, vibrant T-shirts, plenty of food. The surprise win by Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has breathed new life into one neighborhood of the capital, Kinshasa, as supporters celebrate ahead of his Thursday inauguration.Few expected an opposition victory in Congo, where President Joseph Kabila has ruled since 2001 and ...

In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

World 01/23/19, 04:11

Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician, Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.The passage of power from father to son is a familiar story in Congo, where ...

Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount

World 01/12/19, 10:14

Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu on Saturday said he has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."He could be risking more than a court refusal. Congo's electoral commission president Corneille Nangaa has said there are only ...

Update: Congo’s Fayulu to challenge vote in court

World 01/11/19, 09:28

The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):2:30 p.m.Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu asserts he won 61 percent of the presidential vote, citing Catholic Church election observers, and he says he will file a court challenge to the official vote results on Saturday morning.Fayulu accuses outgoing President Joseph Kabila ...

Supporters of Congo candidate gather to denounce ‘fraud’

World 01/11/19, 07:51

Hundreds of supporters of spurned Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu gathered in the capital on Friday to denounce what they called "the people's stolen victory" in the presidential election.A heavy police presence was on hand as Fayulu was set to speak. A businessman and vocal campaigner against Congo's widespread corruption, ...

Update: Congo marks midnight waiting for vote results

World 01/09/19, 18:10

The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):12:10 a.m.Congo has marked midnight as the country waits for the delayed announcement of the results of the presidential election.State television shows a noisy room where the electoral commission had been expected to make an announcement an hour ago.Congolese activist groups have ...

Security tight as Congo prepares to release 1st vote results

World 01/09/19, 05:55

Anti-riot police with water cannon and armored vehicles are outside Congo's electoral commission ahead of the announcement of the first results of the presidential election.Residents of the capital, Kinshasa, say the heavy security presence is a bad sign.Resident John Kabamba says it "may be a message that the publication (of ...

Update: Congo candidate warns not to ‘play with fire’

World 01/08/19, 15:39

The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):9:40 p.m.Leading Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu says his coalition will release its own election results if the ones announced by the electoral commission don't conform to the will of the people.Fayulu told The Associated Press in an interview that the delay ...

Explains: Why Congo’s election could lead to violence

World 01/06/19, 09:02

The results of Congo's presidential election were delayed Sunday. Some 80 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations" in Congo over the election outcome. The international community has warned Congo's government that the results must accurately reflect the people's will ...

US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests

World 01/05/19, 11:15

On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to the region for possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned of a popular "uprising" if untrue results are announced.Congo faces what could be its ...

Update: UN Security Council meets on Congo election

World 01/04/19, 17:59

The latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):11:55 p.m.France's U.N. ambassador says the Security Council is keeping close watch on vote counting in the presidential election in Congo.Ambassador Francois Delattre spoke Friday at U.N. headquarters after a closed-door council meeting that France called.The council didn't issue any joint statement, ...

Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner

World 01/03/19, 13:50

The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, deployed some 40,000 electoral observers but ...

Congo counts votes in presidential election, after delays

World 12/31/18, 05:03

Congo's election officials are counting votes Monday in a presidential election that the opposition and observers say has had numerous irregularities.The ballot counting and compiling is taking place across this vast Central African country, after an election day beset by problems but in which many Congolese showed a calm determination ...

Congo votes in long-delayed presidential election

World 12/30/18, 02:39

People in Congo have begun voting in a long-delayed presidential election that could bring the troubled country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.Some unrest is feared in the election after a last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million people from voting because of a deadly Ebola virus outbreak in ...

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