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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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.