President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila. He was first propelled into office after his father, Laurent-Desire Kabila, was assassinated in January 2001, during the Second Congo War. PHOTO | PHILL MAGAKOE | AFP
Each election since 2006 has been controversial and violent. The problem is President Joseph Kabila, the son of Laurent Desire Kabila, the rebel leader who ousted Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997.
Kabila’s term should have ended in 2016. However, in 2015 he had parliament pass a law that mandated a census to be done before any future election. His supporters promptly pushed for the 2016 election to be delayed until a census was done. Riots and protests followed.