Nairobi, Nov. 16 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is expected to hold elections on December 20, 2023. The country's electoral commission has announced President Felix Tshisekedi will be seeking re-election alongside 23 other candidates. They include Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege and the runner-up in the 2018 presidential election, Martin Fayulu.

The courts will confirm the final list of candidates.

One key political figure has yet to make his intentions known: Joseph Kabila. He was president for 18 years until Tshisekedi took over in 2019. The DRC's constitution allows two five-year terms, but he remained in power by delaying elections. He holds substantial political, military and business sway.

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