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After Kabila Announcement, Credibility of Congo Elections Remains in Question: International pressure still needed to address major gaps for a free and fair election and dismantling of systemic corruption; New candidate Shadary is under European sanctions for human rights abuses.

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday’s announcement in the Democratic Republic of Congo that President Joseph Kabila will not stand for an illegal third term in presidential elections scheduled for December is an important step but has not resolved several key issues that are critical for ensuring a credible electoral process and ending systemic corruption and violence in Congo. A credible electoral process is one key step for laying the foundation for ending the decades of poor governance and corruption that have plagued the Congolese people. The international community should sustain financial pressure against the Kabila regime, both to ensure credible elections in December and to transform Congo’s violent kleptocratic system.

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After Kabila Announcement, Credibility of Congo Elections Remains in Question: International pressure still needed to address major gaps for a free and fair election and dismantling of systemic corruption; New candidate Shadary is under European sanctions for human rights abuses.Washington, D.C. – Yesterday’s announcement in the Democratic Republic of Congo that President Joseph Kabila will not stand for an illegal third term in presidential elections scheduled for December is an important step but has not resolved several key issues that are critical for ensuring a credible electoral process and ending systemic corruption and violence in Congo. A credible electoral process is one key step for laying the foundation for ending the decades of poor governance and corruption that have plagued the Congolese people. The international community should sustain financial pressure against the Kabila regime, both to ensure credible elections in December and to transform Congo’s