But with less than a week to go before the campaign kicks off, time is running out.
The countdown has started. Presidential candidates will hit the campaign trail on 17 November, kicking off a month-long tour of the country that will culminate in the vote, scheduled for 20 December. But will there still be 26 of them on the starting line when the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 44 million voters go to the polls?
Behind closed doors
From 13 to 16 November, representatives of five opposition candidates – Denis Mukwege, Moïse Katumbi, Martin Fayulu, Delly Sesanga and Matata Ponyo Mapon – are meeting in Pretoria to discuss the outlines of a possible joint strategy.
Convened by the In Transformation Initiative (ITI), a South African NGO founded by the people who negotiated the end of apartheid, they are meeting behind closed doors in Pretoria, at an undisclosed location.
The issues at stake
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