After Etienne: Is Congolese opposition ready to move forward?

After Etienne: Is Congolese opposition ready to move forward?

The death of longtime opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on February 1 has left the opposition coalition in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) no choice but to reorganize – a process that in recent days has been contentious enough to cast a shadow on the future of the Rassemblement coalition, at…

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AU, UN urge return to DR Congo dialogue and transition agreement

With the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government transition process at a standstill, the African Union (AU) and other international partners said Thursday that all parties to the negotiated December 31 agreement need to return to the ongoing dialogue and begin the formal framework leading to new elections. The AU, along…

UDPS: Longtime DR Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi has died

Prominent opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a key figure in both current negotiations with President Joseph Kabila and the history of the nation, has died. “President Tshisekedi died today at 17:42 in Brussels,” said Bruno Tshibala, deputy secretary-general of the UDPS, in a statement from…

UN Security Council focuses on Kabila, DR Congo agreement status

Hervé Ladsous, head of the United Nations peacekeeping operations, has warned that any progress on the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) risks a reversal if the deal isn’t signed and implemented by all parties. Speaking to the 15-member United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Ladsous said…

UNHCR: #Kabila needs to publicly endorse DR Congo agreement

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that President Joseph Kabila needs to publicly endorse the agreement to end his tenure – a development that the global community is still waiting to see. A successful mediation by Roman Catholic bishops of the nation’s National Episcopal Conference (CENCO),…

UNSC appeals to DR Congo for calm, urges CENCO dialogue results

The United Nations Security Council said it is closely monitoring political developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and remains concerned about escalating violence and instability ahead of the December 19 election deadline. “The Security Council reiterates its call upon all political parties, their supporters and other political actors to…

Deep concern: Envoy, NGOs warn U.S. Congress of need to act on DRC

Diplomats and human rights advocates testified before U.S. Congress members on Tuesday during a hearing on the Democratic Republic of Congo. The hearing focused on containing the crisis as President Joseph Kabila refuses to step down from his constitutionally determined term on December 19. Two U.S. government officials and four…

Joseph Kabila Stalls Elections He Can’t Win

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), outgoing president Joseph Kabila has set off a political crisis by refusing to hold elections that would choose his successor. Last month, teargas filled the air in Kinshasa as young men took to the streets to demand Kabila leave office in December, when…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.