Congolese President Joseph Kabila takes the oath of office for a second five-year term and pledges to unify his country after fending off a challenge from the top opposition candidate in an election criticized by international observers. (Associated Press)
Congolese run from tear gas in the pro-Tshisekedi Matete commune in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, after the electoral commission declared Congolese President Joseph Kabila the winner. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
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President Joseph Kabila (far left) arrives for the yearly national parade held in Kinshasa. He has held office for more than 10 years and recently secured constitutional changes that strengthen his powers and revise the country's voting system. He faces a possible challenge at the polls this November from Jean-Pierre Bemba, Vital Kamerhe and Etienne Tshisekedi (starting second photo, left). Mr. Bemba is awaiting a war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and National Assembly President Vital Kamerhe, right, shake hands in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. Ki-moon held up Congo's first elections in 46 years as a sign of hope for the rest of war-torn Africa, praising the country's fragile democracy Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bompeng)
Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is seen at his residence in Kinshasa, Congo in this Thursday, June 15, 2006 photo. A former prime minister under the Mobutu regime, he remains an influential figure and his support could boost any of Congo's presidential hopefuls. (AP Photo)
FILE In this June 28, 2010 file photo, Belgium's King Albert II, right, and Congolese President Joseph Kabila, left, participate in a military ceremony upon the King's arrival in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The once-placid Belgian monarchy has turned into a web of intrigue and scandal just as its future is being questioned openly. King Albert II wrath was provoked when Prince Laurent visited Congo, Belgium's former colony, against the wishes of both king and government. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)