DRC: Jean-Pierre Bemba told he can’t run for president
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) electoral commission says opposition hopeful Jean-Pierre Bemba can’t run for president in the country’s upcoming election.
Bemba has been tipped as a major contender in the DRC next presidential poll, which is due to take place this December, but his participation has been ruled out due to his conviction by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ex-rebel leader is one of six candidates deemed ineligible by the electoral commission.
Bemba ruled out of election
The DRC’s electoral commission says Bemba cannot run for president due to his conviction by the ICC. The opposition figure successfully overturned a war crimes conviction after spending more than ten years in prison but he’s still in the process of appealing a separate conviction for bribing witnesses during his initial trial.
With this conviction still valid, the country’s electoral commission says Bemba is ineligible to run in December’s presidential election.
The ex-rebel leader is seen as one of the ruling coalition’s biggest threats and he still has time to appeal the electoral commission’s decision before the final list of candidates is published next month.
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