Congo runoff

At last, the preliminary results of the presidential runoff in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been reported. Incumbent President Joseph Kabila has just over 58%. Jean-Pierre Bemba, who had only around 20% in the first round to Kabila’s 45%, made a strong showing in the runoff, more than doubling his vote share. Bemba is disputing the results; whatever the merits of any specific charges he has with the result, his effort to come back against a first-round leader with that wide a margin was always extremely uphill. Jonathan Edelstein has details.

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