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

Africa 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

Africa 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

Asia & Pacific 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' ...

In Congo, some party on eve of opposition taking presidency

Africa 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 ...

Congo inauguration postponed; police stop opposition rally

Africa 01/21/19, 13:04

Congo's police dispersed a gathering Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokeswoman said.Dozens of people gathered outside his coalition's headquarters in Kinshasa before police arrived and canceled the event, said Eve Bazaiba."Our headquarters (HQ) was besieged, our activists began to gather, we ...

Congo’s court upholds victory of Felix Tshisekedi

Africa 01/20/19, 05:26

Congo's Constitutional court confirmed the victory of Felix Tshisekedi, dismissing the claims of massive vote fraud by runner-up Martin Fayulu.Tshisekedi's supporters celebrated the court decision, announced early Sunday, by driving their motorcycles and cars in a procession through Kinshasa. Later the capital city was quiet, with people attending church. ...

Congo court declares Felix Tshisekedi is elected president

Africa 01/19/19, 20:02

Congo's Constitutional Court early Sunday declared the election of Felix Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud.Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday.The declaration came shortly after the African Union in ...

Congo runner-up says country’s ruling party is desperate

Africa 01/13/19, 09:39

Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, who is challenging his election loss in court, says the government deployed armed soldiers around his headquarters because of the ruling party's "desperation."Fayulu is legally challenging his defeat, saying that he won 61 percent of the vote, citing figures compiled by the Catholic Church's 40,000 ...

Update: Congo’s Fayulu to challenge vote in court

Africa 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’

Africa 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

Africa 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 ...

As Congo delays election results, people’s suspicions rise

World 01/08/19, 09:59

As Congo anxiously awaits the outcome of the presidential election, many in the capital, Kinshasa, say they are convinced that the opposition won and that the delay in announcing results is allowing manipulation in favor of the ruling party.Since the Dec. 30 vote, the government has cut internet service in ...

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

Africa 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

Africa 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 ...

Update: Congo’s outgoing president Kabila votes

Africa 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 ...

Update: Aid group suspends Ebola work in Congo protests

Africa 12/29/18, 13:59

The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):8 p.m.The International Rescue Committee says it is forced to suspend its work in Congo's Ebola virus outbreak because of election-related protests, and it accuses the country's electoral commission of politicizing a serious health crisis.Aid group vice president Bob Kitchen in a ...

Congo’s top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

Africa 12/29/18, 08:07

The archbishop of Kinshasa is urging peace on the eve of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to "light the country on fire."Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo held a Mass in the capital on Saturday attended by leading opposition candidate Martin Fayulu and a representative of ruling ...

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