DRC: A Non-Election in a Non-Country

DRC: A Non-Election in a Non-Country

Welcome to the "Democratic Republic" of the Congo, called the world's least developed country in the United Nations. (Eat your heart out, Afghanistan.) Elections here are a joke, and not a funny one. The most recent presidential and parliamentary vote is currently being counted, but early reports sound familiar: The incumbent president is accused of rigging the vote and intimidating the opposition; an opposition leader claims an early victory without evidence; deaths are reported on all sides of the political divide; and even the UN, despairing, left the management of the election to an ally of the current president.

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