In Eastern Congo, M23 rebels

The U.N. Security Council yesterday sanctioned six people from five armed groups based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo amid worsening violence in recent weeks that has also caused tensions to escalate between Congo and Rwanda.

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi.

Given the high stakes involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a wide range of domestic, regional and global actors had an interest in a peaceful outcome to December’s presidential election. This accounts for the collective sigh of relief following President Felix Tshisekedi’s landslide victory, despite widespread irregularities.

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