Jean-Pierre Bemba arrives in capital to submit candidacy after a decade in prison in The Hague

Huge crowds have lined the streets of the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to welcome home Jean-Pierre Bemba, the opposition leader whose war crimes convictions at the international criminal court (ICC) were quashed in June.

Bemba’s arrival is likely to trigger an intense new phase of political manoeuvring and instability in the country, which is due to hold presidential elections in December.

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