• Incumbent President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) political party (3rd R) waves to his supporters at the Stade des Martyrs during his first campaign rally as the electoral campaign officially kicks off ahead of the 2023 general elections in Kinshasa on 19 November2023. Picture: AFP

    DR Congo's leading presidential candidates

    The Democratic Republic of Congo is scheduled to hold presidential elections on 20 December 2023, in which 25 candidates, including the incumbent, are running for the highest office in the impoverished central African nation.

  • Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Maise Katumbi. Picture: Screengrab.

    DR Congo opposition holds talks in South Africa

    Envoys of DR Congo's top opposition leaders arrived in South Africa on Monday to discuss coordinating ahead of an upcoming election in the central African country, officials said.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Democratic Republic of the Congo counterpart, President Felix Tshisekedi, address a news conference in Kinshasa on 6 July 2023. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

    DR Congo and South Africa plan security pact

    In a news conference with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in the capital Kinshasa, Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi explained that the accord could take the form of a mutual-defence pact.

  • FILE: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Picture: @SecBlinken/Twitter

    Blinken urges Rwanda to rein in rebels in DR Congo

    Blinken played down the lack of talks with Kagame, noting that he recently spoke to him by telephone, but made clear the United States was expecting action from Rwanda on the M23 rebels in the eastern DRC.

  • FILE: Rwanda President Paul Kagame (L), Angola President Joao Lourenco (C) and Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi (R) pose for a photograph in Luanda on 6 July 2022, as they meet for talks after an upsurge in violence in eastern DRC. Picture: Jorge NSIMBA / AFP

    DR Congo and Rwanda in fresh talks in Angola, Kagame absent

    Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has witnessed fierce fighting in recent months between Congolese troops and the M23 rebel group. The clashes have triggered a diplomatic row, with the DRC accusing Rwanda of abetting the rebels, something that its far smaller neighbour denies.