Gone But Not Forgotten: Bemba and Congo’s 2011 Presidential Elections

Published: 29 Aug 2011
By: Olivia Bueno

As Congolese head to the polls on November 28, 2011 to elect a new president, the front-running opposition candidate in the previous election, Jean-Pierre Bemba, sits in a jail cell in Schevingen in the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bemba has not, however, taken his incarceration to mean that he should be sidelined and has pushed his own candidacy. The fact that he has done so from an ICC jail cell, however, is having an impact on his viability as a candidate and the state of the opposition as a whole.

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Programmes: Resolving Displacement, Justice and Accountability
Regions: Great Lakes Region, Democratic Republic of Congo
Type: External Article, IRRI Blog