In the commodity, and affected by armed conflicts of the Congo, the first democratic change of power since around fifty years before.

a two-year delay are around called 40 million voters today, out of 21 candidates for a new President. Before the elections, it came in some regions of unrest, in which voting because of an Ebola outbreak and threat of terrorism to March 2019 has been moved.

for 17 years, acting head of state Joseph Kabila, whose term of office officially ended in 2016, may not compete again. As the most promising candidate to be a faithful follower of Kabila, the former interior Minister, Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary.

The polls are open between 07.00 hrs and 17.00 hrs CET. Reliable results were not expected until about a week after the vote.

The EU has imposed the choice of the favorites Shadary due to the suppression of opposition protests with sanctions. The Opposition in the Central African country could not agree, however, on a common candidate. Two prominent politicians: Martin Fayulu, and Félix Tshisekedi. They promise the electorate a pacification of the country and jobs.

On Sunday also elected to the Parliament and provincial representatives. In the presidential election, a simple majority is sufficient to win an election. Since the votes of the Opposition spread to several candidates, most observers with a victory Shadarys, even if the total amount more people opt for the Opposition. After the announcement of the results, it could lead to protests by the Opposition. Congo security forces have beaten such protests in the past, brutally.

Despite the rich belongs to the Congo of the poorest countries in the world Deposits of minerals like cobalt, copper and Gold. Blame it on too many of the greed for raw materials has fueled conflicts. Approximately 4.4 million people are on the run from the violence. In the East of Congo, there is currently an epidemic of Ebola – the second-largest Ill the world, with more than 550 340 dead.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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