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DR Congo opposition leaders announce joint election bid

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Two prominent opposition politicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo have said they are teaming up to challenge for the presidency in next month’s elections.

Felix Tshisekedi – the son of Etienne Tshisekedi, who died last year after spending decades in opposition – will be a presidential candidate with Vital Kamerhe as his running mate.

The two men, who made the announcement in Kenya, had previously agreed to back a unity candidate, Martin Fayulu, in an effort to defeat the man chosen by the governing party, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari.

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Analysts say the opposition’s failure to stick with one candidate is likely to play into the hands of the governing party.

Long-delayed elections are scheduled to take place in DR Congo on 23 December when President Joseph Kabila, in power for 18 years, will step down.

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