Politics of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Old Ways and New Challenges Răspunde

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The post-colonial political landscape of many African countries has been characterized by instability, government ineffectiveness, as well as inequality among regions. It is namely because of the latter two, that many governments have lacked legitimacy, thus giving rise to discontented groups and movements, having more often than not, equally violent counter-responses to government repression. In this respect, the Democratic Republic of Congo( DR Congo) has been a representative case for the institutional failure and the violence surrounding many of the states in this region.

After many years of military rule, tensions and coups d’etat, the year 2014 brings the challenge to the DR Congo of stabilizing its political regime. This has been, in fact, an ongoing issue, as the post-colonial background of DR Congo has been constructed around notions of instability and corruption, starting with the aftermath of its independence in June 1960. In order to better understand such strong criticism, a brief historical understanding of the evolution of the country in political terms is required. More…