Weekly Briefings

17 – 23 November 2016

On Thursday, November 17, Samy Badibanga was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposition platform “Rassemblement” called for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, asking President Joseph Kabila to respect the end of his term. […]

10 – 16 November 2016

In line with last month’s conclusion of the national dialogue between President Kabila’s government and a small segment of the opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s Prime Minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, announced his resignation on Monday, November 14. The majority of opposition parties, organised within the Rassemblement umbrella, do not acknowledge and boycotted the aforementioned dialogue and its result. […]

3 – 9 November 2016

On Saturday, November 5, the riot police broke up a demonstration by opposition (“Rassemblement”) supporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, by firing tear gas. Along with the United Nations, a coalition of civil society organisations called for lifting the ban on manifesting in the capital, which has been in place since September this year. […]

27 October – 2 November 2016

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political tensions persist in the wake of the national dialogue’s resolution regarding the organisation of presidential elections. Last Wednesday, October 26, the Great Lakes region’s heads of state expressed their endorsement of the deal between Congolese government and participating opposition to postpone elections until April 2018. […]

13 – 26 October 2016

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the national dialogue between the Congolese government and participating opposition has resulted in an accord on Tuesday, October 18. The parties agreed that elections would be postponed until April 2018 and that the post of Prime Minister would be accorded to an opposition representative. […]

6 – 12 October 2016

This week, The UN expressed its concerns over the fragile political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fearing it could lead to large-scale violence. Some good news was also announced, when the government stated that the number of cases of sexual violence in the country dropped by over 50 per cent over the past two years. […]

29 September – 5 October 2016

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, riots erupted in Kinshasa on September 19 and 20. Opposition supporters took to the streets to protest against the postponement of presidential elections and ruling President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down. During confrontations with the authorities, dozens of people died. […]

8 – 14 September 2016

On Monday, September 12, the few opposition members who took part in the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo walked out of the meeting due to irreconcilable differences of opinion with the government on the sequence of elections. Whereas current President Joseph Kabila proposed to hold local elections first, the opposition wanted presidential elections to be the priority. […]

1 – 7 September 2016

On September 1, facilitator Edem Kodjo initiated the national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing together government, opposition and civil society members to discuss the organisation of peaceful elections. However, several leading opposition figures, such as Etienne Tshisekedi, Moïse Katumbi and the Lucha movement, refused to engage. […]