The Mirage of Democracy in the DRC

Issue Date July 2010
Volume 21
Issue 3
Page Numbers 143-157
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Four years after the 2006 historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) legitimized President Joseph Kabila, the country teeters on the brink of dictatorship. Rather than strengthening Congo’s nascent democracy, Kabila seeks a brazen constitutional review, which will kill the democratic process and reinstate autocracy to DRC. Despite his legitimacy and parliamentary majority, Kabila has yet to provide a unifying leadership and a clear vision for peace and order. The donor community’s silence has emboldened Kabila in his power grab, but the millions of Congolese who voted for change now view the electoral process as a deception.