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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, meets with Corneille Nangaa, president of Congo’s election commission, Kinshasa, Congo, Oct. 27, 2017 (AP photo by John Bompengo)

Congo’s Kabila Eyes Another Year in Power Without a Mandate

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

During her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo last month, Nikki Haley, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations, appeared to have a singular goal in mind: getting a firm commitment on a new deadline for the country’s long-delayed elections. “The president must say that we’re going to have elections in 2018,” she said before her meeting with President Joseph Kabila. “We will not support with funding, resources, anything, if the calendar does not specifically specify no later than 2018 for these elections to happen.”

Nine days later, Congo’s election commission announced a new timeline that seemed to align with what Haley wanted, scheduling presidential, legislative and provincial races for Dec. 23 of next year. ...

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