KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Prominent Congolese businessman and onetime presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi returned Monday after three years in political exile to large crowds in his hometown of...
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo feared being jailed if he returned to his country as an opponent of the longtime president.
Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium.
Protests erupt in Congo over local election results
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Witnesses say at least one person is dead after protests over local elections turned violent in Congo.
Members of President Felix Tshisekedi's Union for Democracy and...
Congo president pardons about 700 political prisoners
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi on Wednesday pardoned about 700 political prisoners who were jailed under his predecessor.
Congo’s new president urges thousands of exiles: Come home
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) — Albert Tumba says he was forced to leave Congo in 2010 for neighboring Republic of Congo. As a journalist, he had denounced malpractice in the sports ministry and had to leave with his family out of fear for his safety.
"Threatened with death, I had to cross the river and reach Brazzaville, where I enjoy refugee status with my wife and children. Life is hard here but we are safe," the 65-year-old Tumba said.
Congo’s new leader ushers Kabila out; says no time to waste
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Longtime Congo leader Joseph Kabila has been ushered out, and his successor has begun by appointing a chief of staff who says there is no time to waste.
Newly inaugurated President Felix Tshisekedi's first decision in office on Friday was to appoint Vital Kamerhe, a former National Assembly president.
Congo’s surprise new leader in 1st peaceful power transfer
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as Congo's president Thursday, marking the country's first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago, and immediately announced plans for the release of all political prisoners.
The 55-year-old Tshisekedi succeeds Joseph Kabila, the strongman who governed the largely impoverished and corruption-riddled Central African country for 18 years before stepping down under pressure.
Congo’s Kabila, on eve of leaving presidency, urges unity
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — With less than 24 hours left in his rule, Congo's President Joseph Kabila on Wednesday urged the nation to "massively" support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election that surprised the world by bringing an opposition leader to power.
In Congo, some party on eve of opposition taking presidency
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Memorial caps, vibrant T-shirts, plenty of food. The surprise win by Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has breathed new life into one neighborhood of the capital, Kinshasa, as supporters celebrate ahead of his Thursday inauguration.
In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.
Tshisekedi declared Congo’s president, but runner-up revolts
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country's "only legitimate president."
Congo’s neighbors call for vote recount in troubled election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's neighbors are calling for a vote recount in the disputed presidential election and suggesting the formation of a government of national unity to avoid possible instability.
The statements by the southern African and Great Lakes regional blocs put new pressure on the government of outgoing President Joseph Kabila to find a peaceful and transparent solution to a growing electoral crisis in one of Africa's largest and most mineral-rich nations.
Congo runner-up Fayulu asks court to order election recount
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu has asked the constitutional court to order a recount in the disputed election, declaring on Saturday that "you can't manufacture results behind closed doors."
The Latest: Congo runner-up asks court to order vote recount
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
Congo presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu confirms that he has filed a court challenge to the election results asking for a recount.
The constitutional court has seven days to consider it.
Fayulu has alleged a backroom deal between the declared winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, and President Joseph Kabila.
Congo runner-up claims victory, will file election challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo runner-up Martin Fayulu announced on Friday he will file a court challenge to the presidential election results, while his opposition coalition asserted he actually received 61 percent of the vote according to the findings of the influential Catholic Church's observers.
Fayulu spoke to hundreds of supporters who gathered in the capital, Kinshasa, to denounce what they called "the people's stolen victory."
Congo’s surprise election result could face court challenge
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo appeared on the cusp of its first peaceful transfer of power with the surprise victory Thursday of opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi, despite clear signs that a rival opposition leader actually won in a landslide.
Congo opposition leader Tshisekedi named presidential winner
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared the winner of the long-delayed presidential election, the electoral commission announced early Thursday to the surprise of many, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging.
The Latest: Congo police gather outside electoral commission
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
Anti-riot police are gathering outside Congo's electoral commission as the country awaits the first results of the presidential election.
Several dozen officers are in the quiet street as midnight approaches.
Some opposition parties are urging the electoral commission to release results as soon as possible after it delayed the announcement indefinitely on Sunday.
Congo opposition says candidate ‘presumed winner’ of vote
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A Congo opposition party is calling its candidate the "presumed winner" of the presidential election and indicates that Felix Tshisekedi has had contact with departing President Joseph Kabila "to prepare a peaceful and civilized transfer of power."
Kabila adviser Kikaya Bin Karubi, however, on Tuesday denied any such contact.
Congo delays announcing results of presidential election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government Sunday postponed the release of the results of last weekend's presidential election, fueling suspicions President Joseph Kabila's ruling party is maneuvering to cling to power.
No new date for announcing the winner of the Dec. 30 election was given. Electoral officials have compiled 53 percent of the votes and will not release any information until all the ballots have been tallied, said Corneille Nangaa, head of the electoral commission.
AP Explains: Why Congo’s election could lead to violence
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The results of Congo's presidential election were delayed Sunday. Some 80 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations" in Congo over the election outcome. The international community has warned Congo's government that the results must accurately reflect the people's will — and that internet service should be restored.
US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo's long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible "violent demonstrations," while the country's powerful Catholic church warned of a popular "uprising" if untrue results are announced.
Congo criticizes Catholic church over election statements
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election commission on Friday scolded the Catholic church for saying its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, asserting that the announcement could incite an "uprising."
The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, has called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."
The Latest: UN Security Council meets on Congo election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The latest on Congo's presidential election (all times local):
France's U.N. ambassador says the Security Council is keeping close watch on vote counting in the presidential election in Congo.
Ambassador Francois Delattre spoke Friday at U.N. headquarters after a closed-door council meeting that France called.
The council didn't issue any joint statement, at least for now. It's due to discuss Congo again in a public session Tuesday.
Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday's presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in "respect of truth and justice."
The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, deployed some 40,000 electoral observers but could not say who the clear winner appeared to be, as Congo's electoral regulations forbid anyone but the electoral commission to announce results.
RFI says Congo revokes journalist’s accreditation
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Radio France International says Congo's government has revoked the accreditation of one of its journalists.
A statement on Wednesday says Florence Morice was merely doing her job in covering the country's presidential election, and it asks that Congo reverse its decision.
The statement also says RFI's transmissions have been blocked in most of the country since Tuesday.
Congo cuts internet after presidential poll beset by delays
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As votes were counted Monday in Congo's long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of balloting plagued by malfunctioning machines and other problems.
Vote counting begins in Congo, after polling beset by delays
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's election officials began counting ballots Sunday evening, although many polling stations stayed open into the night to make up for lengthy delays in voting.
Numerous problems hampered voting across the country, marring the presidential election the country hoped would be its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.
AP Explains: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rich in the minerals that power the world's mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades. This could be the sprawling country's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.
Congo on Sunday faces a troubled, long-delayed election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's presidential election takes place on Sunday after more than two years of delays. Protests , an opposition outcry and the surprise barring of 1 million voters from the polls over an Ebola outbreak marked the final days of preparations.
Protests as Congo leader warns of Ebola election ‘disaster’
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's leader is blaming a deadly Ebola virus outbreak for the last-minute decision to bar an estimated 1 million voters from Sunday's long-delayed presidential election, claiming it would be a "disaster" if someone infects hundreds of people. Protests exploded again on Friday in response as health workers suspended efforts and warned that new cases could sharply rise.
Congo election unrest spikes; EU ambassador ordered to leave
BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's march toward Sunday's election took a nasty turn on Thursday as the government ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country within 48 hours after the EU prolonged sanctions against the ruling party's presidential candidate.
In boisterous Congo election, a longshot candidate plugs on
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — He wants to run Africa's second-largest country, one of vast mineral wealth, sprawling poverty and vicious fighting that has cost millions of lives. Noel Tshiani Muadiamvita's chances are slim to none but he's convinced he's perfect for the job.
Confusion, anger grow as Congo faces Sunday’s election
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — As Congo hurtles toward Sunday's already troubled election, the opposition on Tuesday urged mobile phone companies to disable SIM cards provided for voting machines as concerns grow about how the ballots of some 40 million people will be counted and shared.
Congo archbishop urges peace at Christmas Eve midnight mass
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An appeal for peace during Congo's tense, volatile election period was issued at a Christmas Eve midnight mass in Kinshasa.
The newly appointed Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo called on President Joseph Kabila's government to hold the elections on Dec. 30, as announced last week.
Cheers greeted his homily at the Notre Dame Cathedral of Kinshasa.
In Congo, will president’s chosen successor have real power?
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The crowd roared as the wife of Congo's departing president pressed her palm to the forehead of the anointed successor and appeared to pray.
Congo delays presidential vote until Dec. 30, citing fire
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's electoral commission on Thursday delayed the country's long-awaited presidential election until Dec. 30, citing a recent fire that destroyed 80 percent of the voting machines in the capital.
UN urges ‘violence-free environment’ for Congo elections
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.
Fire ruins 80 percent of Congo capital’s voting machines
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An early-morning fire in Congo's capital destroyed nearly 80 percent of the capital city's voting machines just 10 days before the presidential election, officials said Thursday, saying the blaze appeared to be criminal but vowing that it would not disrupt the vote.
EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country.
EU headquarters said that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo's ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 13 other people.
Congo’s Kabila doesn’t rule out seeking presidency in future
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after this month's election but he doesn't rule out seeking the post again in the future.
EU set to prolong sanctions against Congo election candidate
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is set next week to prolong sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country.
EU officials confirmed Friday that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed against Congo's ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 15 other people.
The move is expected to occur without debate at a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.
African Union urges EU to lift sanctions on Congo candidate
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The African Union Peace and Security Council is urging the European Union to lift sanctions on Congolese President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor less than a month before a historic election.
Ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary was sanctioned by the EU last year for obstructing the electoral process and related human rights violations.
US reports ‘possible terrorist threat’ against it in Congo
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States embassy in Congo says it has received "credible and specific information of a possible terrorist threat against U.S. government facilities in Kinshasa."
A security alert to citizens gives no further details but says the embassy will be closed to the public on Monday.
Congo’s top 2 opposition parties join in presidential bid
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Congo's two leading opposition parties announced Friday they are joining forces for a run at the presidency after withdrawing from a wider pact to support a single contender against President Joseph Kabila's chosen candidate.
Congo opposition parties quits pact to back sole candidate
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's two leading opposition parties withdrew from a pact to support a single presidential contender on Monday, significantly weakening efforts to defeat the ruling party candidate backed by long-time President Joseph Kabila.
Congo opposition parties unite behind presidential candidate
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Opposition parties in Congo say they are rallying behind one candidate in hopes it will improve his chances of winning next month's presidential election.
The parties said on Sunday after talks in Geneva that their candidate will be Martin Fayulu Madidi, a 62-year-old politician who has been a member of parliament since 2011.
More than 100,000 rally in support of Congo ruling coalition
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — More than 100,000 people gathered in the capital to support Congo President Joseph Kabila's successor and newly created Common Front for Congo political platform before a December presidential election.
FCC candidate and former Interior Minister Emanuel Ramazani Shadary, who was nominated by Kabila, spoke Saturday.
Congo ministry says at least 53 dead after tanker truck fire
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Health Ministry says at least 53 people are dead and more than 72 people have been hospitalized after a tanker truck collided with another truck in western Congo.
The ministry updated the figures Monday, saying the toll will likely rise, given the severity of burns suffered.
The accident happened in the village of Mbuba, not far from Kisantu city and about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of the capital, Kinshasa.