Update: Congo’s outgoing president Kabila votes

World 12/30/18, 02:07

The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):8:00 a.mAmid rainy weather, Congo's outgoing President Joseph Kabila and his chosen successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, have voted in the country's presidential election.After voting, Kabila urged others to vote: "My message today to my compatriots is to come and vote for their ...

EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

World 12/30/18, 00:26

Rich in the minerals that power the world's mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.But a last-minute decision to bar some 1 million voters because ...

Congo on Sunday faces a troubled, long-delayed election

World 12/29/18, 04:05

Congo's presidential election takes place on Sunday after more than two years of delays. Protests , an opposition outcry and the surprise barring of 1 million voters from the polls over an Ebola outbreak marked the final days of preparations.The country faces what could be its first peaceful, democratic transfer ...

Interview: Congo leader says nothing can prevent election

World 12/28/18, 03:27

Congo's leader says "there is no further reason" to prevent Sunday's presidential election after two years of delays, but he blames an Ebola outbreak for the last-minute decision to keep an estimated 1 million voters from the polls.In an interview with The Associated Press, President Joseph Kabila says it would ...

Confusion, anger grow as Congo faces Sunday’s election

World 12/25/18, 09:57

As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition is urging mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines.Concerns are growing about how the ballots of 40 million voters will be counted and shared. Some worry that electronic transmission of results by the machines could open ...

Congo archbishop urges peace at Christmas Eve midnight mass

World 12/24/18, 17:27

An appeal for peace during Congo's tense, volatile election period was issued at a Christmas Eve midnight mass in Kinshasa.The newly appointed Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo called on President Joseph Kabila's government to hold the elections on Dec. 30, as announced last week.Cheers greeted his homily at the Notre Dame Cathedral ...

Congo opposition candidate accepts election delay, for now

World 12/21/18, 09:19

A leading opposition candidate in Congo announced on Friday his coalition accepts a week-long delay in the presidential election until Dec. 30 but not one day more.Felix Tshisekedi spoke to supporters a day after Congo's electoral commission announced the latest delay in a vote that was meant to take place ...

In Congo, will president’s chosen successor have real power?

World 12/21/18, 04:05

The crowd roared as the wife of Congo's departing president pressed her palm to the forehead of the anointed successor and appeared to pray.A benediction for the man whom President Joseph Kabila has positioned to take over is likely not needed. As this huge Central African nation swings toward a ...

Congo delays presidential vote until Dec. 30, citing fire

World 12/20/18, 12:16

Congo's electoral commission has delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital.The vote had been scheduled for Sunday. This is the latest of several delays in the election originally scheduled for late 2016, amid ...

Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines

World 12/13/18, 10:36

An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote.Congo's first use of voting machines on Dec. 23, ...

EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

Europe 12/10/18, 04:28

The European Union has prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country.EU headquarters said Monday that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo's ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and ...

Congo’s Kabila doesn’t rule out seeking presidency in future

World 12/09/18, 08:11

Congo's President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after this month's election but he doesn't rule out seeking the post again in the future.In an interview with The Associated Press, Kabila said he hopes to continue to be active in tackling the vast challenges that remain in this mineral-rich but "complicated ...

Congo’s top 2 opposition parties join in presidential bid

World 11/23/18, 11:50

Congo's two leading opposition parties announced Friday they are joining forces for a run at the presidency after withdrawing from a wider pact to support a single contender to take on President Joseph Kabila's chosen candidate.Under a deal announced in the Kenyan capital, Felix Tshisekedi with Congo's most prominent opposition ...

Congo ministry says at least 53 dead after tanker truck fire

World 10/08/18, 08:07

Congo's Health Ministry says at least 53 people are dead and more than 72 people have been hospitalized after a tanker truck collided with another truck in western Congo.The ministry updated the figures Monday, saying the toll will likely rise, given the severity of burns suffered.The accident happened in the ...

Congo ministry: At least 39 dead in Congo tanker truck fire

Africa 10/07/18, 09:07

Congo's Health Ministry says at least 39 people are dead and more than 80 people have been hospitalized after a tanker truck collided with another truck in western Congo.The ministry gave the official updated toll Sunday for Saturday's accident in the village of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and ...

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