DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Capital: Kigali

Population estimate: 83,301,951

Area: 2,344,858 square kilometers

Borders: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

Independence day: 30th June 1960

Communities: 200

President: Joseph Kabila

Major religion: Christianity

Other common religions: Islam, Kimbaguist

Currency: Congolese Francs (CDF)

Main issues affecting country: Illicit drugs, trafficking in persons, refugees and internally displaced persons, international disputes.

Interesting fact: Since the 1960s, the Congolese have endured over two decades of armed conflict with over 5.4 Million.

In brief

UN Security Council heads to DRC ahead of polls

UN Security Council heads to DRC ahead of polls

Monday October 1, 2018 – Friday October 5, 2018
President Kabila vows ‘peaceful, credible’ elections

President Kabila vows ‘peaceful, credible’ elections

Monday September 24, 2018 – Friday September 28, 2018
ICC sentences Jean Bemba for witness tampering

ICC sentences Jean Bemba for witness tampering

Monday September 17, 2018 – Friday September 21, 2018
Bemba casts doubt on the planned December elections

Bemba casts doubt on the planned December elections

Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
Pro-democracy activists arrested in DR Congo

Pro-democracy activists arrested in DR Congo

Monday, September 3, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018

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