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BREAKING: DR Congo court excludes Bemba from presidential race

BREAKING: DR Congo court excludes Bemba from presidential race

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s highest court on Monday ended former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba’s bid to stand in this year’s presidential election, upholding an earlier ban imposed on him for bribing witnesses. “The constitutional court… confirms the ineligibility of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo for suborning witnesses by resorting to bribery,” said the court’s president, announcing the […] …

Ex-warlord Bemba appeals to DR Congo top court for right to run for president

Ex-warlord Bemba appeals to DR Congo top court for right to run for president

Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba lodged an appeal with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s top court on Monday after he was banned from running in upcoming presidential elections. Bemba and five other candidates, including three former prime ministers, were barred by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) late Friday. The move sent shock waves through the […] …

Ex-warlord Bemba’s presidential candidacy unacceptable, DR Congo says 

Ex-warlord Bemba’s presidential candidacy unacceptable, DR Congo says 

Former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba’s candidacy in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s upcoming presidential elections was deemed “inadmissible” by the country’s election commission on Friday, as opposition groups cried foul. The commission rejected the candidacy of Bemba, a rival to DR Congo President Joseph Kabila, on the basis that he had been “convicted by the International […] …

25 line up for DR Congo presidency

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, […] …

DRC’s Bemba to return to Europe after filing presidential bid

Ex-rebel DR Congo leader Jean-Pierre Bemba will head back to Europe after returning to the African country this week to launch his bid for the presidency in December’s long-delayed elections, a leader of his party said Saturday. The former DRC vice president arrived in the capital Kinshasa on Wednesday after 11 years abroad — a […] …

Police fire teargas at opposition leader Bemba’s supporters

Police fire teargas at opposition leader Bemba’s supporters

Police in Democratic Republic of Congo fired teargas at supporters of opposition leader and presidential hopeful Jean-Pierre Bemba as they thronged the streets to welcome him home after years in prison in The Hague, witnesses said. A Reuters reporter saw police fire teargas at opposition supporters in the streets of the neighborhood of Limete as […] …

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