Congo's ruling party nominates incumbent president

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Posted: Aug 22, 2011 7:11 AM
Congo's ruling party nominates incumbent president

Congo's ruling party says it has chosen President Joseph Kabila as its candidate for November elections.

Evariste Boshab, secretary-general for the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy, said Sunday that the party wants Kabila to continue to work toward Congo's reconstruction and modernization.

Kabila took office in 2001 after his father's assassination. He was later elected in 2006 in the country's first democratic election in 40 years.

Kabila already has pushed a series of constitutional changes through Parliament to strengthen his powers and replace the two-round voting system with one winner-takes-all round.

Kabila will again face his main rival from 2006 _ Jean-Pierre Bemba, who awaits his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court.