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DR Congo: The Bemba Earthquake
The ICC’s acquittal of Jean-Pierre Bemba comes at a critical point in DR Congo elections. President Kabila and his opponents will have to recalibrate strategies ahead of Bemba’s likely return.
Outside powers should keep pressing Kabila to stand down and allow opposition candidates to…
- What’s new?
On 8 June Jean-Pierre Bemba, a charismatic Congolese leader and fierce rival of President Joseph Kabila, was acquitted by the International Criminal Court’s appeals chamber of a 2016 war crimes conviction.
His likely re-entry into Congolese politics will shake up the campaign ahead of elections slated for…
- Why does it matter?
Bemba has the profile to contest the…