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Long-overdue presidential and legislative polls can only be held at the end of the year in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the national election commission said Friday.Read More
Long-overdue presidential and legislative polls can only be held at the end of year in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the national election commission said Friday.Read More
Two decades of attacks on Rwanda's opposition, journalists and rights groups have created a "climate of fear" ahead of next month's presidential election, Amnesty International warned Friday.Read More
Paris (AFP) Long-overdue presidential and legislative polls can only be held at the end of the year in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo, the head of the national election commission said Friday. “It will not be possible before December,” Corneille Nangaa told reporters in Paris. Elections are due this year under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding fresh political violence in the sprawling country of 71 million people after President Joseph Kabila failed to step down when his mandate ended in December 2016. Under the deal, Kabila was allowed toRead More
Kigali (AFP) Two decades of attacks on Rwanda’s opposition, journalists and rights groups have created a “climate of fear” ahead of next month’s presidential election, Amnesty International warned Friday. “Since the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) took power 23 years ago, Rwandans have faced huge, and often deadly obstacles to participating in public life and voicing criticism of government policy,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty’s regional director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes. “The climate in which the upcoming elections take place is the culmination of years ofRead More
The United Nations on Saturday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to publish a timetable for elections which are due by the end of the year.Read More
Kinshasa (AFP) The United Nations on Saturday called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to publish a timetable for elections which are due by the end of the year. Under a deal brokered last New Year’s Eve, President Joseph Kabila agreed to a transitional arrangement enabling him to stay in power pending presidential and legislative elections by the end of 2017. In a statement, the UN’s special representative for DR Congo, Maman Sidikou, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) “to publish an official, consensus-based timetable, without further delay”Read More