Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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Three men dominate the field of 21 candidates vying to become next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa's second-largest nation:
One of the world's powder-keg countries faces a crunch test on Sunday when Democratic Republic of Congo heads into elections marred by delays, clashes and fears of polling-day chaos.
Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba is set to be sentenced by international judges for bribing witnesses during an earlier war crimes trial, which led to him being excluded from running for DRC president.
A top Democratic Republic of Congo opposition figure who is barred from December's presidential election is warning that "chaos" will follow if the vote is not transparent and fair.
The Democratic Republic of Congo's highest court has ended former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's bid to stand in this year's presidential election, upholding an earlier ban imposed on him for bribing witnesses.
Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda was a dreaded commander whose troops slaughtered civilians with machetes and disembowelled pregnant women, the International Criminal Court has heard.
Ex-warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba's political party has announced it would appeal a decision to reject his candidacy in DRC's upcoming presidential elections.
Exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi will not attempt to land in DRC after being barred from entering the country, but will instead try to enter via Zambia, his party has said.
Aides to a Democratic Republic of the Congo opposition leader seeking to come home to contest elections has met with United Nations officials to discuss his return, sources have said.
Former warlord and ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba has returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo after an 11-year absence, an AFP reporter has seen.
Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election takes place on Sunday after more than two years of delays.
ICC prosecutors have urged urge judges not to toss out the case against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister on trial for alleged involvement in deadly violence that erupted after disputed 2010 presidential election.
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba says he would be willing to support an opposition candidate in DRC's much-delayed presidential election, which he is banned from standing in.
Former DRC warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba has denounced a long-delayed December presidential election as a "parody" after he has been banned from contesting and accused President Joseph Kabila of trying to hand pick a successor by eliminating serious rivals.
All six candidates who have been barred from running in DRC's presidential elections later this year have lodged appeals at the Constitutional Court, two of them have told AFP.
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba has been expected to appeal to the Democratic Republic of Congo's top court after he was banned from running in upcoming presidential elections.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has barred an opposition leader from returning home to file a bid to run in the volatile country's presidential elections.
Ex-rebel DRC leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has officially launched his bid for the country's presidency, putting forward his candidacy for the long-delayed election in December.
Jean-Pierre Bemba, greeted by tens of thousands of people on his return to DRC, is a former businessman and warlord who intends to return to politics after being convicted then acquitted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes.
Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo has said he was heading for Kinshasa to throw his hat into the ring for a December presidential election after spending 11 years abroad - most of them behind bars.
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