25 line up for DR Congo presidency

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Three opposition heavyweights, a 92-year-old ally of an independence hero and the president’s chosen successor are among 25 candidates who have registered to run in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s long-awaited elections.

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, a former interior minister named by the government on Wednesday as the ruling coalition candidate, was listed as an independent, according to a preliminary electoral commission list issued Friday.

Shadary, who is on an EU sanctions blacklist, was anointed after President Joseph Kabila bowed to intense international and domestic pressure and decided not to run again in the elections scheduled for December 23.

The three main opposition politicians to throw their hats in the ring are Felix Tshisekedi, Jean-Pierre Bemba and…

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