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Voting under way in tense DR Congo election

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Voting under way in tense DR Congo election. People in the Democratic Republic of Congo are voting for a new president in an election delayed for more than two years.

Close to 40m people are eligible to vote for a replacement for President Joseph Kabila – in power since 2001.

But the run-up has been hit by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude almost 1.3m people from voting.

How Minister of sports, Dalung stepped out for a carnival (Photos)

On Saturday, rival candidates also failed to agree on a statement aimed at reducing tension before the poll.

Voting began at 05:00 (04:00 GMT) and ends at 17:00.

Voting under way in tense DR Congo election

What’s the context for these elections?

If everything passes without incident, this will be the first peaceful transition in DR Congo since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

The current president took over from his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, but he is barred from running for another term under the constitution.

“APC Has No Plans For Igbo Presidency” – Obasanjo

He was supposed to step down two years ago, but the election was postponed after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters. Voting under way in tense DR Congo election, Voting under way in tense DR Congo election

 

Voting under way in tense DR Congo election. People in the Democratic Republic of Congo are voting for a new president in an election delayed for more than two years.

Close to 40m people are eligible to vote for a replacement for President Joseph Kabila – in power since 2001.

But the run-up has been hit by violence and controversy over the decision to exclude almost 1.3m people from voting.

How Minister of sports, Dalung stepped out for a carnival (Photos)

On Saturday, rival candidates also failed to agree on a statement aimed at reducing tension before the poll.

Voting began at 05:00 (04:00 GMT) and ends at 17:00.

Voting under way in tense DR Congo election

What’s the context for these elections?

If everything passes without incident, this will be the first peaceful transition in DR Congo since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

The current president took over from his assassinated father Laurent in 2001, but he is barred from running for another term under the constitution.

“APC Has No Plans For Igbo Presidency” – Obasanjo

He was supposed to step down two years ago, but the election was postponed after the electoral commission said it needed more time to register voters. Voting under way in tense DR Congo election, Voting under way in tense DR Congo election

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