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In boisterous Congo election, a longshot candidate plugs on

In boisterous Congo election, a longshot candidate plugs on

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — He wants to run Africa's second-biggest country, one of rich natural resources and sprawling poverty. Noel Tshiani's chances are slim to none but he's convinced he's perfect for the job.

Wielding a resume featuring Harvard and the World Bank, he promotes himself as someone Congo has never had: a truly qualified head of state.

Big talk is a staple of the boisterous run-up to Sunday's election, the first chance for a new president in nearly two decades.

President Joseph Kabila is stepping aside after ruling since 2001, and the election has been delayed since late 2016. Now tensions are rising again.

The electoral commission has delayed the vote in two key areas until months after the new president is inaugurated, meaning more than 1 million votes effectively don't count.


Updated : 2021-06-18 23:58 GMT+08:00