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Kabila and the DRC's uncertain future

Supporters in their tens of thousands rallied in favour of President Kabila in July. Photo by Eduardo Soteras/AFPTensions that had been rising as the end of President Kabila’s final term drew close exploded after the government failed to announce elections on 19 September. Now Kabila and a small group from the opposition are trying to manage the transition but other oppositionists are putting up a fight.

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“Extreme risk” of violence in the DRC electoral crisis

John Bompengo/AP

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is at “extreme risk” of sliding into violence, warns the United Nations (UN) envoy to the country.

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Anti-Kabila protests erupt in DRC's capital

Supporters of DRC opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, near the airport in Kinshasa. Photo: John Bompengo/AP/SIPAOpposition supporters in the Democratic Republic of Congo blocked Kinshasa's roads with burning tyre as they called for President Joseph Kabila to stand down when his mandate ends on 19 December.

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Gabon in election turmoil

President Ali Bongo's family have ruled the Central African oil state for almost 50 years. Photo©Francois Mori/AP/SIPAA day after Wednesday's contested re-election of Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon is still under a state of high alert.

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The art of midwifing elections in Africa

File photo©Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPAMany countries in Africa conduct general elections regularly. Electoral management bodies have the responsibility to ensure free and fair elections. But what are their score cards so far?

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Decriminalizing of drugs, the only pathway

Marijuana sits in a bowl from which it is packaged and sold to customers, at The Station, a medical and retail cannabis dispensary, in Boulder, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Brennan Linsley/AP/SIPADrug trafficking and the black market are, to a large extent, a direct consequence of the international drug control system and the national laws that are derived therefrom.

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