The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, has married his longtime girlfriend in the country's capital, Kinshasa.

The nuptials come just weeks before Congo's first free national elections in four decades.

Mr. Kabila presides over an interim government in the chaotic central African country. He is one of 33 candidates for president in the elections, scheduled for July 30.

Mr. Kabila assumed the presidency of Congo in 2001 following the assassination of his father, former rebel and President Laurent Kabila.

The 34-year-old Joseph Kabila married Olive Sita di Lembe on Saturday in a religious ceremony presided by Catholic and Protestant clergy. They held a civil ceremony on Friday.

The two have been dating for six years. They have a five-year-old daughter.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.