On Wednesday, after many months of battling illness, longtime Congolese opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi died, thousands of miles from the country where he spent decades fighting for democracy. His death further complicates the tricky situation that has left the Congo in limbo for the past two years. The central question has been whether Joseph Kabila, president since 2001, will relinquish power at the end of his final constitutionally mandated term. On Dec. 19, the answer was finally confirmed: no. Violent clashes flared in Kinshasa, killing dozens of civilians.
Mediation efforts by the Catholic Church seemed to stop the bleeding. According to an agreement dated Dec.… Seguir leyendo »