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DRC elections: three factors that have shaped Tshisekedi's bumpy first term as president

By Reuben Loffman, Lecturer in African History, Queen Mary University of London
Africa’s second-largest country by land mass, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is scheduled to go to the polls on 20 December 2023. President Felix Tshisekedi will be seeking re-election. However, his first tenure has been decidedly mixed.

Tshisekedi’s first term has been defined by three major factors: questions over the legitimacy of his 2019 election victory, violence in eastern DRC and the state of the country’s economy.

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