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You Say You Want A Revolution: DR Congo

You Say You Want A Revolution: DR Congo

After weeks of rising tensions, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was named the winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo recent presidential election. Mr. Tshisekedi himself appeared surprised as he spoke with reporters following Thursday's official announcement. "Nobody could have imagined such a script would seal the victory of an opposition candidate," he said.



Depending on what happens next, Tshisekedi, the son of long-time opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, will become the first person to take power in the DRC as the result of an election since the country won independence from Belgium in 1960.

Does this represent the long-hoped-for peaceful transfer of power? Not so fast. Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, quickly denounced the result as an "electoral coup" that does "not reflect the truth of the ballots." French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian added that the results were "not consistent" with reports from election monitors and that "The Catholic Church of Congo did its tally and announced completely different results." This story is far from over, and the risk of violence in coming days is real.

The bottom-line: Fayulu supporters suspect Tshisekedi's victory may be the result of a secret deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who had come to accept that his preferred successor couldn't win. If so, people of the DRC may get the appearance of transformational change rather than the real thing.

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Ten years ago this week, a powerful earthquake off the coast of eastern Japan triggered a tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant, resulting in the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. A decade and dozens of decommissioned reactors later, nuclear energy still supplies about 10 percent of global electricity, but its future remains uncertain amid post-Fukushima safety concerns.

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This Monday, March 8, is International Women's Day, a holiday with roots in a protest led by the Russian feminist Alexandra Kollontai that helped topple the czar of Russia in 1917. More than a hundred years later, amid a global pandemic that has affected women with particular fury, there are dozens of women-led protests and social movements reshaping politics around the globe. Here we take a look at a few key ones to watch this year.

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hey everybody. Ian Bremmer here. Welcome to your week, life looking better every day in the United States, coronavirus land. But I thought I'd talk about, this week, all of this cancel culture that everyone's talking about right now. If you're on the wrong political side, your opponents are trying to shut you down and you take massive umbrage. I see this everywhere, and it's starting to annoy.

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"Apocalyptic" protests in Senegal: At least five people have been killed in clashes with police as protests over poverty, unemployment, and the jailing of a popular politician rock the West African nation of Senegal. Ousmane Sonko, who heads the opposition Movement to Defend Democracy (M2D) and is considered the most viable challenger to current president Mackie Sall, was accused of rape in February and arrested last week. Sonko says the charges are a politically motivated attempt to remove him from politics before the 2024 presidential election. His supporters immediately hit the streets, voicing a range of grievances including joblessness and poverty. Though youth unemployment has fallen over the past decade, it still exceeds eight percent and close to two-thirds of the country's 16 million people are under the age of 25. As Sonko supporters pledge to continue protests this week, Senegal's head of conflict resolution says the country is "on the verge of apocalypse."

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