New Congolese President Pardons About 700 Political Prisoners

Congo’s president Felix Tshisekedi arrives at the 32nd African Union Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Feb. 10, 2019.

The new president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, signed a decree Wednesday pardoning about 700 political prisoners and fulfilling a promise he made in his inaugural address in January.

The conciliatory gesture frees political opponents imprisoned by Tshisekedi’s predecessor, Joseph Kabila, who had governed the central African nation for 18 years. Tshisekedi was elected president of the DR Congo in a disputed election last…

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