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Delaying Democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Nov 23, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Congolese police launch flares during a demonstration in Goma on Sept. 19. The postponement of the country's presidential election has sparked protests and prompted harsh security crackdowns in many cities, including Kinshasa.
Congolese police launch flares during a demonstration in Goma on Sept. 19. The postponement of the country's presidential election has sparked protests and prompted harsh security crackdowns in many cities, including Kinshasa.
(MUSTAFA MULOPWE/AFP/Getty Images)

So far Kabila has managed to keep his position in power, in spite of the opposition to his rule that has mounted throughout the year. But the system underpinning his presidency is fragile, and when he chooses to broadcast his intention to stay in office, it could be put to the test once again. Already, the announcement of his plan to postpone the next election has sparked protests followed by harsh crackdowns in many cities, including Kinshasa. ...

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