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12 January 2019 12:41 PM Catholic Church seeks UN help in DRC election

The Catholic Church in Democratic Republic of Congo has asked the UN Security Council to call on the country's election commission to publish data from the polling and counting stations set up for a December 30 presidential election. Monsignor Marcel Utembi, president of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo or CENCO, said Friday that the commission's 27

10 January 2019 10:00 AM DRC's Kabila 'partner in democratic change': Tshisekedi

The winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic presidential poll on Thursday hailed long-term leader Joseph Kabila as a "partner in democratic change". Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was provisionally declared elected president by the country's electoral commission in the early hours of Thursday morning. "I pay tribute to President 18

10 January 2019 9:06 AM UN chief warns against violence over DRC vote result

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all stakeholders in DR Congo to avoid violence after the opposition chief was declared winner of the presidential election in an announcement contested by his rival. "The Secretary General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established 18

09 January 2019 5:33 PM LATEST: US to citizens in DRC: 'Depart the country'

The United States is giving its citizens in the Democratic Republic of Congo succinct advice: "Depart the country." A new US embassy security alert says DRC's electoral commission is soon expected to announce results of the presidential election. It warns of possible crowds gathering to hear the results. Congolese activist groups have urged people to "be ready 21

09 January 2019 12:11 PM Security tight as DRC prepares to release 1st vote results

Anti-riot police with water cannon and armoured vehicles are outside the Democratic Republic of 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 31

05 January 2019 5:30 PM DRC election results delayed until 'next week': electoral commission

The long-awaited announcement of the results of last week's Democratic Republic of Congo presidential election, promised for Sunday, will be postponed to next week, the head of the electoral commission told AFP. "It is not possible to publish the results on Sunday. We are making progress, but we do not have everything yet," said commission president 19

02 January 2019 6:19 PM RFI says DRC revokes journalist's accreditation

Radio France International says the Democratic Republic of Congo's government has revoked the accreditation of one of its journalists. A statement on Wednesday says Florence Morice was merely doing her job in covering the country's presidential election, and it asks that DRC reverse its decision. The statement also says RFI's transmissions have been blocked 25

30 December 2018 12:13 PM The Latest: Pope Francis prays for peaceful DRC vote

Pope Francis has prayed for those suffering from violence and Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, and is urging peaceful elections. Francis asked faithful in St Peter's Square on Sunday to join him in prayers and expressed hope that "all work to maintain a peaceful climate that permits peaceful and regular conducting of the elections." The election 25

30 December 2018 8:42 AM The Latest: Opposition candidate votes in DRC election

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu voted in central Kinshasa at the Gombe Institute, the same polling station where outgoing President Joseph Kabila and ruling party candidate Emmanuel Shadary voted earlier. "It is the departure ticket for Kabila" said Fayulu as he cast his ballot. "Today, we are writing the end of Kabila, the end of misery for Congolese 22

29 December 2018 3:56 PM DRC's top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

The archbishop of Kinshasa is urging peace on the eve of Democratic Republic 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 24