Glass half full, glass half empty in DRC vote

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Two candidates claim to have won, some domestic electoral observers cry foul, and government digs in and claims a victory of sorts.

In some respects, a familiar African tale: With electoral competition suffering from government capture of state institutions and winner-takes-all politics.

But a year ago, amid repeated delays, few thought we would get to the elections at all. President Joseph Kabila’s decision not to stand for a third term in office, taken in August last year under pressure from his African peers, remains a major milestone for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Further, the December 30 vote, which took place in relative calm, will usher in a new president, and someone from the opposition at that.

The latest chapter in Congo’s electoral…

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