Voting for Change in the DRC

Issue Date April 2007
Volume 18
Issue 2
Page Numbers 138-151
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On 30 July and 20 October 2006, less than a year after a December 2005 constitutional referendum, the vast and strife-wracked Democratic Republic of the Congo held its first multiparty elections since 1965.The holding of competitive elections must count as a significant achievement even though voters signaled their disaffection with the entire array of political elites that had been ruling them.

About the Author

Herbert F. Weiss is emeritus professor of political science at the City University of New York and senior policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Political Protest in the Congo (1968). In 2006, he served as a member of the Carter Center’s election-observation team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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