Government transitions

Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, right, receives the presidential sash from outgoing president Joseph Kabila after being sworn in in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Thursday Jan. 24, 2019. Tshisekedi won an election that raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities amongst observers as the country chose a successor to longtime President Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 24, 2019 - 8:50 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi made news as soon as he was sworn into office on Thursday by announcing he would release all political prisoners and by praising his father, the late opposition icon Etienne, calling him "president" to cheers from the crowd. The 55-year-...
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An officer salutes as he waits for other guests for Congolese President elect Felix Tshisekedi inauguration in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Thursday Jan. 24, 2019. Tshisekedi won an election that raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities amongst observers as the country chose a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 24, 2019 - 8:13 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's new president (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi says he soon will release all political prisoners in the country. The opposition leader made the announcement shortly after taking the oath of office. His speech appealed...
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Anti-government protesters show a sign that reads in Spanish "Guaido President of Venezuela" after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress declared himself interim president at the rally, until new elections can be called.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 23, 2019 - 9:05 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on nationwide protests in Venezuela (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Three Venezuelan lawyers are asking the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to grant precautionary measures to protect opposition leader Juan Guaido, his wife and his daughter. The request,...
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January 23, 2019 - 10:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee is starting an investigation into the handling of security clearances by President Donald Trump's White House and 2016 presidential transition. Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland says the investigation is in...
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FILE - This Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shows Felix Tshisekedi of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Congo's Constitutional Court early Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, declared the election of Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 20, 2019 - 1:09 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo is on the brink of its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960 after the Constitutional Court on Sunday confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi, although questions remain about the result. Tshisekedi, son of the...
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Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven, attends a new briefing after being voted back as Prime Minister on Friday Jan. 18, 2019, ending a 131-day political deadlock. Lofven passed Friday's vote after he secured the support of the Centre and Liberal parties, forming a government without the Sweden Democrats, which has neo-Nazi roots. (Jessica Gow / TT via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 1:12 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday approved a center-left minority government led by the current caretaker prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ending a four-month political deadlock. Swedish politicians have been trying for months to form a government without the Sweden Democrats...
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Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also scheduled to attend the service, but cancelled. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 18, 2019 - 3:11 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge to the presidential election results. But the African Union continental body has issued a surprise last-minute request for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results, citing...
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Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also scheduled to attend the service, but cancelled. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 17, 2019 - 5:30 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts." Congo's constitutional court is poised to rule as early as...
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Congo opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, center, leaves the Philadelphie Missionary Center after attending Sunday Mass in Kinshasa, Congo, Sunday Jan. 13, 2019. President elect Felix Tshisekedi was also scheduled to attend the service, but cancelled. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 14, 2019 - 2:47 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's neighbors are calling for a vote recount in the disputed presidential election and suggesting the formation of a government of national unity to avoid possible instability. The statements by the southern African and Great Lakes regional blocs put new pressure on the...
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Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro hold a poster of him outside the Supreme Court where he is being sworn-in for another term in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. Maduro was sworn in to a second term amid international calls for him to step down and a devastating economic crisis. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
January 12, 2019 - 7:37 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States stepped up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Saturday with an explicit call for the formation of a new government in the South American country. The U.S. State Department said in a statement that it stood behind the head of...
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