The Christian Science Monitor

Two years, and counting: Why Congo’s long wait for elections matters

For two years, voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been waiting to go to the polls to choose a new president, after 18 years under Joseph Kabila. The country has never had a peaceful transfer of power – let alone a democratic one. But on Thursday, three days before the long-awaited election was scheduled to be held, Congo’s voters learned the wait isn’t over. Officials have suspended the Dec. 23 election for a week, blaming logistical difficulties.

A low-grade civil war grinds on in the country’s east, and Congo is battling

First of all, why should I care what happens in a Congolese presidential election?So, what are the chances it will be free and fair?OK. Who’s actually running for president?Is there likely to be violence?Is there anything to be hopeful about?

Vous lisez un aperçu, inscrivez-vous pour en lire plus.

Plus de The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor5 min de lecture
In A Capital’s Afro-Brazilian Architecture, Traces Of A Complex Story
Porto-Novo’s diverse architecture is a window into the complex history of Benin, including difficult chapters related to slavery and colonialism.
The Christian Science Monitor4 min de lectureRegional & Ethnic
Mini Pumpkin Pies Can Help Thanksgiving 2020 Feel Right
How to make the most of a more modest Thanksgiving: from a scaled-down, main-dish centerpiece, to a lasting pen-and-paper approach for giving thanks.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min de lectureWorld
A Focal Point For Biden’s Democracy Summit
For his plan to convene the world’s democracies next year, the new president can give a platform to the independent judges in Hong Kong fighting off China’s dictatorial hand.