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Constitutional Court to Rule On Electoral Challenge

[Deutsche Welle] Congo has rebuffed African Union calls for the Constitutional Court to delay announcing the final result of DRC's December election. The AU cited "serious doubts on the conformity of provisional results with votes cast." (AllAfrica)

AU's Kagame, Heads of State Step In Over DR Congo Electoral Crisis

[allAfrica] Cape Town -The African Union (AU) appears determined to make a decisive, high-level intervention to resolve the political crisis generated by the contested results of the Congolese elections. (AllAfrica)

10 Things You Might Not Know About Patrice Lumumba

[allAfrica] Cape Town -(1) January 17 marks the forty-first anniversary of the brutal assassination of Patrice Lumumba. (AllAfrica)

Geingob Calls for Help of DRC

[New Era] Windhoek -Sadc chairperson Dr Hage Geingob yesterday said the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is at crossroads after its contentious December 30 presidential election. (AllAfrica)

More Women Catch Ebola in 'Unexpected' Twist of Gender Roles

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -About two-thirds of patients in Congo's latest Ebola outbreak have been women, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, calling for more focus on gender in disease control and prevention. (AllAfrica)

AU Calls for Suspension of Final Election Result Announcement

[Deutsche Welle] The African Union says "serious doubts" remain over Democratic Republic of Congo's election results. The AU isn't alone in expressing qualms about the outcome of the presidential election. (AllAfrica)

SADC Calls for Peace Keeping in DRC

[ANGOP] Addis Ababa -The Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called on the international community to support the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in peacekeeping and stability efforts. (AllAfrica)

Kagame, High Level Delegation to Hold Meeting in DR Congo

[New Times] President Paul Kagame called on African leaders to increasingly engage in solving the continent's challenges in order to avoid meddling by foreign players. (AllAfrica)

SADC Leaders Call for Sovereignty Respect in DRC

[] The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders have called upon the international community to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in accordance with the AU Constitutive Act and the SADC Treaty. (AllAfrica)

Communique Of The Double Troika Summit Of The SADC Heads Of State and Govt

[SADC] 1. The Double Troika Summit (Summit) of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Addis Ababa, in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on 17 January 2019. (AllAfrica)

Communiqué On the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

[African Union] Following consultations between the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame, and leaders of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a high-level consultative meeting of Heads of State and Government took place today, 17 January 2019, at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, to exchange views on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the wake of the pres (AllAfrica)

900 People Killed in Ethnic Violence - UN

[VOA] Nearly 900 people were killed in ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo in mid-December, the United Nations Human Rights office said Wednesday. (AllAfrica)

All Eyes on Judicial Bodies as Tensions Simmer

[Legalbrief] 'The lesson we learnt (in South Africa) is that democracy is not about strong people, it is about a strong system.' - -- DRC national Leonard Mulunda who now lives in SA (AllAfrica)

Museveni Attends AU Meeting On Congo Poll

[Monitor] Kampala -President Museveni yesterday attended the high level consultative meeting that discussed the crisis arising from the December 30 Democratic Republic of Congo presidential elections. (AllAfrica)

SADC Meeting Casts Spotlight On DRC

[] President Cyril Ramaphosa has joined his counterparts from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as they gather for the Double Troika Summit set to discuss the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

Six More Dead in DRC Ebola Outbreak

[CAJ News] Kinshasa -AT LEAST 16 people have died as a result of the worsening outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) this year. (AllAfrica)

Engel Pushes State Department to Address Concerns About DRC Elections

[U.S. Congress] Washington, DC -Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today pressed the Trump Administration to address concerns about the recent election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). (AllAfrica)

Kabila's Plan C? the DRC's Constitutional Court Could Bring Him Back

[Daily Maverick] After stalling for years and then organising a flawed election, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo may not have heard the last of President Joseph Kabila. (AllAfrica)

How the DR Congo Political System Defends Itself

[Chatham House] The announcement of Felix Tshisekedi as the winner of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo came as a shock. Many expected the outgoing administration of President Joseph Kabila to install its chosen candidate, Emmanuel Shadary; there is now the fear that Kabila will continue to rule from behind the scenes. (AllAfrica)

Disputed DRC Elections - All Eyes On Constitutional Court

[Cameroon Tribune] The eagerly awaited ruling due this weekend will decide the political direction of the country. (AllAfrica)

Will This Election Change the DRC?

[ISS] With the announcement this weekend that the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) ruling party had won a substantial majority in the national assembly, the picture of the DRC's post-election power structure is becoming clearer. (AllAfrica)

Election Drama Builds in DRC

[VOA] This is new territory for the Democratic Republic of Congo: the presidential election is over, and the nation appears poised to see its first-ever opposition president take power. (AllAfrica)

Africa Giving Examples to the World - Democratic Republic of Congo in Focus

[Foroyaa] Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. History however revealed that most African countries at Independence, did not have sovereign people whose sense of belonging to a nation overrode the sense of belonging to ethno linguistic groups or regions. Narrow regional and ethno linguistic sentiments were fanned by the defeated colonial powers in order to maintain a stronghold in Congo and an iron grip on its huge mineral resources. (AllAfrica)

Lessons from Congo's 2018 Election

[Atlantic Council] Under cover of darkness, in the wee hours of the morning of January 10, Congo's Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) declared Felix Tshisekedi to be the winner of the 2018 presidential elections. CENI announced that Tshisekedi had received 38.57 percent of the vote, defeating both the regime's candidate, Emmanuel Shadary (23.77 percent) and his opposition opponent, Martin Fayulu (34.74 percent). (AllAfrica)

Authoritarian Out – But What's Next in DRC?

[allAfrica] The presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo have put hopes for real change on hold, but a weekend court challenge by the opposition instead of calls for street protests has dampened immediate fears of widespread political violence. (AllAfrica)

Felix Tshisekedi Is Declared Winner. Will He Fix Troubled DRC?

[East African] The Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to go for a coalition government between the winner, Felix Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) and President Joseph Kabila's Common Front for Congo (FCC). (AllAfrica)

Great Lakes Region Throws Its Weight Behind Vote Recount

[RFI] The Great Lakes regional bloc on Sunday voiced its support for a recount of election results in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help "guarantee transparency" following complaints over the legitimacy of the declared results. The Great Lakes bloc joins the southern Africa regional bloc which has also said that a recount would "provide the necessary re-assurance". (AllAfrica)

The DRC - Is a Government of National Unity a Good Idea?

[Daily Maverick] Edgar Lungu, Zambia's leader, has led the regional fray in promoting a government of national unity in response to the Democratic Republic of Congo's contested election. Never mind the absence of a sense of irony. After the disputed 2016 Zambian election, Lungu refused to accept external involvement, arguing that the elections were an internal matter. (AllAfrica)

SADC Calls for a Recount and Negotiations for a Government of National Unity in DRC

[Daily Maverick] An appeal by the Southern African Development Community indicates doubt over the integrity of the disputed Democratic Republic of Congo presidential poll. (AllAfrica)

SADC Urges Post-Election DR Congo to Negotiate Unity Government

[Deutsche Welle] Unsettled post-election DR Congo has been urged to form a national unity government by the Southern Africa Development Community. SADC's chairman, Zambian President Edgar Lungu has also suggested a 'recount' in the DRC. (AllAfrica)

President Kabila Speaks on Elections

[Deutsche Welle] Speaking to DW, President Kabila confirmed that the election to determine his successor will take place on Sunday after a delay of one week. However residents of some Ebola-affected areas will have to wait until March. (AllAfrica)