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Kabila’s party may win election despite unpopularity

After stepping down in August, Congolese President Joseph Kabila has thrown his weight behind ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary in the run up to December elections. According to a recent poll by New York-based Congo Research Group and the Congo-based Bureau d’Études, de Recherches, et de Consulting International, Shadary is third most popular with only 16% support. The opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi emerges at this stage as the clear winner with 36% support from the population. Yet despite Shadary’s unpopularity many are skeptical that Kabila will allow a ruling party defeat.

 

Report by Tom Collins.

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