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21 Nov 2018 | 08:45 AM UTC

DRC: Opposition leader returns to Kinshasa Nov. 21 /update 3

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Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu to return to Kinshasa November 21; expect large gatherings at Ndjili International Airport (FIH)

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Kinshasa). COUNTRY/REGION Kinshasa

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Martin Fayulu, leader of the Engagement for Citizenship and Development (ECIDE) opposition party, is scheduled to return from Geneva to the capital Kinshasa on Wednesday, November 21. His supporters are expected to gather at Ndjili International Airport (FIH) to welcome him. A heightened security presence, as well as significant transportation disruptions around the airport, are likely


Opposition leaders are coming back from Geneva, where they had met to nominate a unique candidate for the December 23 elections. Fayulu was nominated on November 11 following negotiations among leaders of the seven opposition parties. However, Tshisekedi and Kamerhe pulled out of the coalition following protests in Kinshasa on November 12 by supporters of both parties. They will therefore run their own candidates.

The campaign period for the elections will officially begin on November 22.


Individuals in the DRC are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and obey any instructions issued by the local authorities.


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