Congo: drifting into dangerous waters
Democracy is important, and for most African countries—for most countries anywhere—it is the best solution. But the Congo is too big, too poor, and too ethnically fragmented for that to work yet. Elections are symbolically important because they embody the principles of popular sovereignty and the rule of law, but everybody who might actually get elected belongs to a small privileged elite.
On Jan. 27, at his first press conference in seven years, Joseph Kabila, the long-serving president of the Democratic Republic of Congo said: 'We have to have elections as scheduled.' But they were scheduled for December of 2016. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons