Fresh violence in DRC as Senate votes on election law

2015-01-22 14:47

Riot police have opened fire on protesters in the DRC in a new bout of violence as the Senate is set to vote on a controversial bill that would extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule.

Stormy return for DRC opposition chief

2013-03-11 11:15

DRC's main opposition figure Etienne Tshisekedi has returned to his country to be escorted directly to his home by a police convoy that prevented him from meeting with party supporters.

DRC rebels set conditions for Goma pullout

2012-11-27 14:51

M23 rebels in the DRC say they would only withdraw from Goma if government meets their demands, despite earlier announcing they would pull out of the key eastern city.

DRC poll results not credible

2012-03-29 21:34

The results of Democratic Republic of Congo's November elections which were marred by violence and fraud claims are not credible, European Union monitors say.

Zulu king slams anti-Kabila protest

2012-02-20 16:55

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has lashed out at the conduct of Congolese expatriates for their protest to Parliament.

Kabila's party loses 45% of its seats

2012-02-03 08:36

President Joseph Kabila's party has lost 45% of the legislative seats it held before November elections that were denounced as fraudulent and chaotic, according to belated results.

DRC cops seal off Tshisekedi home

2012-01-26 18:02

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sealed off the Kinshasa residence of self-appointed "president-elect" Etienne Tshisekedi and dispersed his supporters with tear gas.

Case against DRC nationals on hold

2012-01-23 18:01

At least 20 Congolese nationals have appeared in the Johannesburg Regional Court after being arrested for public violence during protests related to the election in the DRC.

DRC Catholic leaders seek poll re-evaluation

2012-01-13 14:10

Members of DRC’s powerful Catholic clergy have called for the election commission to re-evaluate "serious errors" in national elections that gave victory to the incumbent president.

Foreign experts in DRC vote review

2012-01-05 19:31

Foreign experts have arrived in the DRC to look at a possible broader review of the November elections, which have been denounced as flawed by international observers.

DRC press body denounces repression

2011-12-30 08:16

A non-governmental organisation that defends journalists' rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo has denounced an "escalation of repression" in the media around elections last month.

US vote experts due to visit DRC

2011-12-28 10:25

US election experts will likely travel to the DRC early next month to advise on the vote count for November parliamentary polls, a State Department official says.

Cops stop DRC rival's 'swearing-in'

2011-12-23 14:30

DRC police have fired tear gas at supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi and have banned his "swearing-in" ceremony.

DRC protesters march against Kabila

2011-12-23 12:10

Protesters from the DRC are gathering in Cape Town ahead of a march against the re-election of DRC President Joseph Kabila.

HRW: DRC forces kill 24 since vote

2011-12-22 07:35

Security forces have killed at least 24 people and have "arbitrarily" arrested dozens more in the DRC since Joseph Kabila's re-election, says Human Rights Watch.

Kabila sworn in as DRC split

2011-12-20 14:10

Joseph Kabila has been sworn for another term as president of the DRC, a job also claimed by his main rival following disputed polls.

DRC's Tshisekedi declares himself winner

2011-12-18 22:30

The DRC's opposition leader has declared himself winner of the presidential vote, despite placing second in official election results.

DRC elections lack credibility - Centre

2011-12-11 10:21

Election observers from the Carter Centre say elections won by President Joseph Kabila were so marred by irregularities they were not credible.

US urges DRC leaders to act peacefully

2011-12-10 08:06

The United States has urged DRC political leaders to sort out differences peacefully after President Joseph Kabila's rival rejected election results that gave a victory to the incumbent.

Shots fired in Kinshasa

2011-12-09 21:07

Reports say shots have been heard in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital after incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared the winner of the presidential election.

Kabila likely won Congo poll

2011-12-09 12:33

Victory is looking more certain for Congolese President Joseph Kabila in the country’s presidential elections but fear is also growing that violence will erupt.

Congo army ready to contain chaos

2011-12-05 22:25

The Democratic Republic of Congo's government will call in the army if street protests become "too chaotic", a senior member of President Joseph Kabila's camp says.

DRC protesters angry with Zuma

2011-12-05 14:08

A group of protesters from the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused President Jacob Zuma of being complicit in what they believe is electoral fraud during their recent election.

3 000 flee DRC fearing post-poll violence

2011-12-04 23:16

About 3 000 people have fled Kinshasa for Brazzaville, the capital of neighbouring Congo, fearing violence after elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an immigration official says.

EU finds DRC vote irregularities

2011-12-01 20:54

The European Union monitoring mission for the Democratic Republic of Congo's elections says it has observed widespread irregularities but needs more time to release a definitive report.


DRC opposition to boycott unity event

2013-09-02 07:35

The leaders of three opposition partied in the DRC say they will boycott upcoming talks this week that are aimed at national reconciliation.

Kabila at top of coup-accused's hit list

2013-03-06 22:29

A computer confiscated from one of 20 men accused of plotting to overthrow the DRC's government contained a hit list of Congolese leaders, a prosecutor has told a the North Gauteng High Court.

Hollande blasts DRC's rights record

2012-10-15 12:03

France's president Francois Hollande has denounced the DRC's rights record, calling for an end to the conflict in the east as leaders of French-speaking nations met.

'Serious violations' by DRC forces

2012-03-20 15:17

DRC security forces killed at least 33 people among other "serious human rights violations" during November 2011 elections, the UN says.

DRC opposition calls boycott over violence

2012-02-20 09:52

DRC's leading opposition party has ordered its newly elected member of parliament to boycott the national assembly following a controversial vote marred by irregularities and violence.

DRC again postpones vote results

2012-01-24 21:57

The Democratic Republic of Congo's beleaguered electoral panel announced that it was postponing "until further notice" the announcement of results of November parliamentary polls.

150 Congolese held over vote violence

2012-01-21 10:00

Police in Johannesburg have arrested 150 supporters of opposing Congolese political factions over public violence during the DRC's electoral process.

DRC rights group calls for new elections

2012-01-08 21:37

A rights group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has called for new elections after November's controversial legislative and presidential polls.

DRC condemns attack on lawmaker in Paris

2012-01-01 22:00

The DRC government has condemned an attack on the country's Senate chief in Paris allegedly by supporters of President Joseph Kabila's rival.

Fresh DRC election crisis looms

2011-12-29 13:15

DRC’s presidential vote dispute seems to have fizzled out with minimal damage, but the country may have jumped out of the frying pan into the fire of a fresh crisis over legislative polls.

DRC's Tshisekedi takes 'presidential oath'

2011-12-24 11:55

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi, who rejects Joseph Kabila's re-election as president, has had himself "sworn in" at his home as police clashed with his supporters.

DRC march in Cape Town called off

2011-12-23 13:08

A march against Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has been called off in Cape Town after it drew only a small turnout.

Tshisekedi set for 'swearing-in'

2011-12-22 09:22

DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi has issued thousands of leaflets calling on people to attend his "swearing-in" ceremony three days after Joseph Kabila took office.

DRC inauguration goes ahead

2011-12-21 08:50

DRC's Joseph Kabila has been sworn in for another term, pledging to unify the country after an election that was criticised by international observers.

Tensions rise ahead of DRC inauguration

2011-12-20 09:41

Tensions have risen in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the country's opposition leader called himself president despite losing in last month's troubled polls.

Growing criticism of DRC vote

2011-12-13 09:07

DRC's influential clergy as well as the United Nations have joined those that are now casting doubt on the victory of President Joseph Kabila.

DRC faces electoral standoff

2011-12-10 12:01

The DRC faces a tense electoral standoff after incumbent Joseph Kabila was named the winner of last week's polls and rival Etienne Tshisekedi rejected the results, declaring himself president.

Tshisekedi calls for calm in DRC

2011-12-09 22:41

Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi called for calm in the DRC after violent protests erupted following his announcement that he rejected his election loss to incumbent Joseph Kabila.

Kabila declared winner of DRC election

2011-12-09 17:15

Joseph Kabila has won a new five-year term as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, says the election commission.

Troops on standby as DRC result delayed

2011-12-07 20:18

Troops have been patrolling Kinshasa as the DRC faced two more days of waiting for the full results of an election that has raised fears of an explosion of violence.

DRC fears vote results eruption

2011-12-05 21:14

DR C was on edge ahead of the announcement of last week's election results with observers warning the conflict-prone country could descend into chaos no matter who is declared the winner.

Tense wait for poll results in DRC

2011-12-05 10:30

The Democratic Republic of Congo is enduring a tense wait before the election commission announces the winner of the presidential race.

Bishops fear DRC factions to collide

2011-12-04 16:36

Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday sounded the alarm over the political situation, saying it was like "a train going toward a wall" as the country awaits election results.

DRC leader's camp vows to quash rebellion

2011-12-01 11:19

A top ally of DRC President Joseph Kabila has accused the party of his main rival of post-election "insurrection" and vowed any infractions would be firmly dealt with.

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