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DR Congo: Vote on Electoral Commission reform for political stability?

DR Congo: Vote on Electoral Commission reform for political stability?

AFRICA, African Union, CONGO, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS
In the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday, a reform of the electoral commission was voted on by the National Assembly. The move is an attempt to ensure the transparency of the next 2023 elections and the political stability of the African nation. The text, adopted by 336 of the 337 deputies present out of the 500 total, will now be examined by the Senate and provides for an electoral commission of 15 members. Respectively, five representatives of civil society, from the majority and the opposition -- which remains unconvinced --- with some politicians alleging a move by President Felix Tshisekedi to legally tailor the commission for electoral fraud. The opposition Martin Fayulu denounced on Twitter "the forcing initiated by Mr Tshisekedi for the parliament to unilatera...
COVID:19: Congo is already facing the third wave – Health Minister

COVID:19: Congo is already facing the third wave – Health Minister

CONGO, COVID-19, HEALTH, World Health Organization
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Health Minister, Jean-Jacques Mbungani said the country is facing a third wave of coronavirus infections, with its epicentre in the capital, Kinshasa, one of Africa’s most populous cities. Like many other African countries, Congo has officially reported relatively few cases and deaths, but health authorities are concerned about a recent spike in infections that saw 243 new cases recorded on Wednesday, the highest daily figure since March. “I officially announce the onset of the third wave of the COVID-10 pandemic in our country, with Kinshasa as its epicentre,” Mbungani told reporters. A low vaccination rate and haphazard observance of recommended hygiene practices were among the reasons for the rising infection rate, he said. On Wednesd...