July 27, 2018 / 5:43 PM / in 25 days

Congo's Bemba should be declared ineligible for December election: ruling coalition

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba should be declared ineligible to stand in a presidential election in December because of a witness tampering conviction at The Hague, President Joseph Kabila’s ruling coalition said on Friday.

Congolese opposition leader and former warlord Jean-Pierre Bemba is pictured after a news conference in Brussels, Belgium July 24, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The coalition has no formal role in deciding who can contest the election but its view is likely to carry weight.

Reporting by Fiston Mahamba; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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