Congo’s Kabila Plays With Fire With Third-Term Bid

Congo’s Kabila Plays With Fire With Third-Term Bid
Supporters of Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi during a political rally, Kinshasa, DRC, July 31, 2016 (AP photo by John Bompengo).

In this week’s Trend Lines podcast, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, and host Peter Dörrie discuss Cuba’s economic downturn and the future of economic reforms, Lebanon’s policy toward Syrian refugees, and coup rumors and the state of civil-military relations in Pakistan. For the Report, Simone Schlindwein joins us to talk about politics in the Democratic Republic of Congo as President Joseph Kabila angles for a third term.


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Trend Lines is produced, edited and hosted by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

Additional Audio Credits

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Al Jazeera English: DRC Opposition Demands New and Fair Election
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