DRC’s Kabila To Run For Re-Election

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is running for re-election in November's presidential race.

The 40-year-old politician formally filed his candidacy Sunday in the capital, Kinshasa. He will be seeking a second five-year term in the November 28 presidential poll.

Mr. Kabila first took office in 2001 after his father, then-president Laurent Kabila, was assassinated. The younger Kabila was later voted into office during elections in 2006.

Mr. Kabila's strongest opposition in the 2006 race, Jean-Pierre Bemba, is not running this year as he awaits trial at the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges.

One of the incumbent's main opponents is Etienne Tshisekedi, a 78-year-old who boycotted the 2006 elections.

Congolese authorities imposed a temporary ban on political protests in the capital last week, after clashes between police and opposition protesters. One person was killed and at least two others were wounded when police opened fire on protesters Tuesday.

Members of Tshisekedi's party had taken to the streets after their party headquarters was vandalized and set on fire. The opposition party blamed the attack on supporters of Mr. Kabila.