Kinshasa — The presidential candidate for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) ruling coalition hailed incumbent Joseph Kabila as an "exceptional man" for not seeking re-election in December, underlining his reputation as a loyal Kabila supporter. Kabila’s coalition said on Wednesday that former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary would be its contender to lead Africa’s biggest copper and cobalt producer. One of 15 Congolese politicians and military officials sanctioned in the past two years by the EU, the 57-year-old is being accused of rights abuses and undermining democracy. "It is the chance, before the Congolese people, to thank almighty God for the grace he has shown us and to thank sincerely and above all the moral authority of the Common Front for Congo [FCC], His Excellence Joseph Kabila Kabange, an exceptional man," Shadary said. "He is keeping his word. He said there will be no problem and there will be no third term." Kabila's product Kabila, in power since...

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