DRC President pardons 700 political prisoners

DR Congo's new President Félix Tshisekedi approved the release

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s newly elected President Félix Tshisekedi has pardoned 700 political prisoners, in what is seen as a major gesture of reconciliation since he took office in the troubled nation in January.

The 700 were imprisoned during the rule of his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, who refused to release them despite a deal struck with the opposition in 2015.

The president’s chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe, broke the news of the pardons to the nation.