DR Congo: Electoral democracy in the balance
- Ingrid Samset, LUC/FGGA
- maandag 24 oktober 2016
For approximately a decade, the DR Congo has been an electoral democracy. Elections were held in 2006 and 2011, and though marred by irregularities, they allowed democracy to survive and function: no small feat in a country that had come out of 32 years of dictatorship followed by two devastating wars. As new elections are supposed to take place before for the end of this year however, there are concerns that the countryâs president, Joseph Kabila, will manipulate the system so as to stay in power for longer than his constitutionally allowed two terms, which are soon completed.