Clashes, Sanctions and a Mysterious Fire Raise Tensions Before Congo’s Elections

Congolese President Joseph Kabila speaks during an interview with foreign journalists, Kinshasa, Dec. 9, 2018 (AP photo by John Bompengo).
Congolese President Joseph Kabila speaks during an interview with foreign journalists, Kinshasa, Dec. 9, 2018 (AP photo by John Bompengo).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Senior Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. The scene did not inspire much confidence in the credibility of upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Thursday morning, residents of the Central African country’s capital, Kinshasa, awoke to smoke billowing out of a warehouse where ballot boxes and voting machines were being stored. The election commission reported that at least 8,000 voting machines had been destroyed, but said the elections, scheduled for Dec. 23, would go ahead as planned. The immediate reaction to the fire, […]

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