Joseph Kabila - updates

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DR Congo presidential inauguration set for January 24

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:38 PM

It will be the first peaceful transition of power in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gained independence from Belgium in 1960

Felix Tshisekedi gestures as he is surrounded by his wife, relatives and supporters of his UDPS party, a few minutes after he was declared winner of the presidential election following the announcement of the provisional results by the Independent National Electoral Commission, in his father's historic residence in Limete, Kinshasa on January 10, 2019. File photo by Caroline Thirion/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Volatile DR Congo votes after two-year delay

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Analysts say the threat of violence is great, given the many organizational problems and wide-ranging suspicion of President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down

POLLS. A man casts his vote at the Katendere voting centre in Goma on December 30, 2018. Photo by Patrick Meinhardt/AFP

Volatile DR Congo braces for troubled election

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:05 PM

If all goes well, one will be sworn in on January 18 – the very first time that the DRC will have achieved a peaceful transition of power since gaining independence in 1960

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo joint opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu sing and dance as they wait for him to address the crowd after his arrival in Kinshasa to launch his campaign on November 21, 2018. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

DR Congo police fire bullets, tear gas on anti-Kabila rally – AFP

Feb 25, 2018 - 4:46 PM

(2nd UPDATE)The protests come after months of tension sparked by Kabila's prolonged rule and long-delayed elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo

DR Congo army says rebel group 'annihilated' in restive east

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

Since the launch of the operation in January, '48 Yakutumba have been killed and 150 captured,' says the army spokesman

DR Congo president stands by election timetable

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:35 AM

During the rare two-hour press conference, DR Congo President Joseph Kabila does not respond specifically when asked if he plans to stand for a 3rd term in office – something that is outlawed by the constitution

ELECTION TIMETABLE. President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, holds a press conference for the first time in five years on January 26, 2018 in Kinshasa. Photo by Thomas Nicolon/AFP

At least 5 dead in DR Congo protest crackdown – UN

Jan 21, 2018 - 6:38 PM

(UPDATED) Witnesses say security forces fired live round and tear gas to disperse demonstrations against President Joseph Kabila's 17-year rule

Protesters put DR Congo death toll at 12

Jan 02, 2018 - 11:36 PM

"Eleven people died in Kinshasa and one in Kananga," Jonas Tshombela, a spokesman for the protest organisers, told AFP.

CRACKDOWN. A Congolese Catholic faithful recovers from a rubber bullet wound he received during a demonstration calling for the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to step down, on December 31, 2017 in Kinshasa. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Internet restored in DR Congo after deadly protests

Jan 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

On Sunday, Catholic and opposition groups pushed ahead with banned demonstrations, which were met with a deadly crackdown by authorities

UN urges DR Congo leader to keep promise to step down

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Violence has swelled after the date of the new vote was pushed back to December 2018, prompting fears that Kabila may seek to extend his reign

PRESIDENT KABILA. Congolese President Joseph Kabila (C) shakes hands during a special joint session of parliament on November 15, 2016 in Kinshasa. File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Congo launches deadly crackdown on anti-president protests

Dec 31, 2017 - 6:54 PM

(UPDATED) Troops fired tear gas and bullets in the air to break up gatherings at Catholic masses across the capital Kinshasa, in one case arresting 12 altar boys who were leading a protest

UN identifies 38 new probable mass graves in DR Congo

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:08 AM

At least 80 mass graves have now been identified in the region that has seen a major spike in violence between security forces and a tribal militia since September

UN gives $5M in aid for crisis-hit region in DR Congo

Mar 05, 2017 - 12:46 AM

The grant will be for a maximum period of 6 months to save the lives of about 108 000 people in the violence wracked Kasai region

DR Congo snubs calls for inquiry of massacre video

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:51 AM

The government brushes off the demands saying it s routinely the target of malicious rumors

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2015 in Kinshasa shows Lambert Mende (c), Minister of communications and governement spokeperson addressing journalists after more than 420 bodies were discovered 100 km outside Kinshasa. Lambert Mende on February 18, 2017 described an unidentified video alledgedly showing the Congolese army killing civilians in the Kasai Region as a "montage". The video handed to AFP on February 17, 2017 is being investigated by the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The Kasai region in central DR Congo is caught up in spiralling clashes that killed at least 200 people since tribal chief Kamwina Nsapu was killed in mid-August 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO SCOPPA

Pope calls for quick pact to end DR Congo violence

Feb 19, 2017 - 10:20 PM

I strongly feel the pain of the victims especially the many children ripped from their families and from schools to be used as soldiers says the pontiff

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's square during his Angelus prayer on February 19, 2017 in Vatican City. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO

Deal reached to end DRCongo political crisis

Jan 01, 2017 - 7:27 AM

Under the terms of the deal President Joseph Kabila will stay until the end of 2017 but a transition council will be established headed by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi

22 civilians killed in DR Congo bloodbath

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:40 AM

Members of the Allied Democratic Forces a group of rebels dominated by puritanical Ugandan Muslims and entrenched in the region for about two decades storm the town on December 24

DR Congo crisis deal close but not before Christmas – mediator

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:05 PM

UPDATED At least 40 people have been killed during protests against President Joseph Kabila this week says the UN human rights office

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 20, 2016 shows a man screaming as people gather to protest in the neighbourhood of Yolo in Kinshasa. The government and opposition in DR Congo agreed late on December 22, 2016 on a draft deal to end a crisis sparked by President Joseph Kabila's decision to remain in office past the end of his mandate. A team of legal experts from the two sides is studying the document, under the aegis of the Congo National Episcopal Conference. It was set to be adopted at a plenary session on December 23, 2016 in the morning, to be followed by an official signing later in the day. However, sources say "complications" are holding up a final agreement. / AFP PHOTO / Eduardo Soteras

Gunfire and arrests in DR Congo as Kabila's mandate ends

Dec 20, 2016 - 9:18 PM

UPDATED Plumes of smoke from burning barricades hung over Kinshasa after overnight protests and activity ground to a halt

A moto drives past a sign asking for President Joseph Kabila's resignation on an avenue in Kinshasa on December 19, 2016, as tensions rose with one day left of Congolese President's mandate. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFP

Tensions mount in DR Congo as end of Kabila's term nears

Dec 19, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Fears of fresh political violence in mineral rich but unstable Democratic Republic of Congo are running high with no elections planned and President Joseph Kabila showing no inclination to step down

Congolese President Joseph Kabila (C) shakes hands during a special joint session of parliament on November 15, 2016 in Kinshasa. Junior D. Kannah/AFP

50 dead in clashes in DR Congo capital – opposition

Sep 20, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The government earlier said that at least 17 had died in the violence in Kinshasa ahead of a planned opposition rally but had warned that the death toll could rise

DRCongo Police forces stand guard during a demonstration in Goma on September 19, 2016. Mustafa Mulopwe/AFP

UN blasts DR Congo arrests after strike call

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:18 PM

The arrests happened Tuesday in the capital Kinshasa and in Mbuji Mayi in the centre of the country says Jose Maria Aranaz who heads the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office UNJHRO

51 killed in DR Congo machete attack

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:14 PM

The army blames the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces ADF

36 killed in troubled east DR Congo

Aug 15, 2016 - 1:50 AM

Three days of national mourning are declared as a massacre leaves 22 men and 14 women dead

DR Congo president's rival charged with hiring mercenaries

May 19, 2016 - 11:11 PM

Katumbi the wealthy owner of the prestigious Tout Puissant Mazembe football club is accused of hiring several foreign mercenaries notably Americans as his private guards

Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the High-Level Event for the Signature of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York USA, 22 April 2016. File photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Clinging to power: the African leaders who won't stand down

Dec 20, 2015 - 1:24 PM

In 2015 two African presidents amended their constitutions to allow them to seek another term – or more

DR Congo authorities block Internet in Kinshasa – operators

Jan 20, 2015 - 8:51 PM

The unnamed manager of a service provider says the National Intelligence Agency gave the order to block the Internet in Kinshasa until further notice

Regional powers fear Rwandan invasion of DR Congo

Sep 15, 2013 - 8:59 AM

The Southern African Development Community said it was concerned at the deployment of Rwandan troops along the common border