JOHANNESBURG | AP EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

JOHANNESBURG  | AP EXPLAINS: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

JOHANNESBURG — Rich in the minerals that power the world’s mobile phones and laptops, yet desperately underdeveloped, Congo votes on Sunday for its first new president in nearly two decades.

This could be the sprawling country’s first peaceful, democratic transfer of power.

But a last-minute decision to bar some 1 million voters because of an Ebola virus outbreak , after two years of various election delays, has angered many. The opposition worries manipulation of controversial voting machines could ensure that President Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor wins.

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