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Police in Congo Ban Rallies on Last Day of Campaigning

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo have banned political rallies after a person was killed on the last day of campaigning before Monday’s national elections. The top two presidential candidates, President Joseph Kabila and opposition challenger, Etienne Tshisekedi, had planned to hold competing campaign rallies Saturday at nearby sites in the […]

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Violence Erupts in Congo on Final Day of Campaigning

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Violence erupted in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, the final day of campaigning before Monday’s national elections. News media reports say police used force to disperse hundreds of protesters in Kinshasa. The reports say one person was killed. The top two presidential candidates, President Joseph Kabila and a main opposition challenger, […]

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Congolese Presidential Candidates Plan Rival Rallies

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 8:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The top two presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo are holding final rallies in the capital Saturday, ahead of elections on Monday. President Joseph Kabila and one of the main opposition challengers, Etienne Tshisekedi, are planning to rally supporters at adjacent sites in the center of Kinshasa. An electoral observer from the U.S.-based […]

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Congo Ready for National Poll

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo says they are ready for Monday’s presidential and parliamentary elections. A senior electoral official, Jacques Djoli Eseng’Ekeli, told VOA that training for poll workers is complete. He said all voting materials have been delivered to regional headquarters, and that ballots will be sent by helicopter to more […]

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Congo Opposition Lawmaker Killed Ahead of Vote

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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An opposition lawmaker in Congo’s capital has been killed, as the country prepares for national polls on Monday. Police say gunmen attacked Marius Gangale, a provincial assembly representative, in Kinshasa Tuesday night. The local official was inside a vehicle with his wife when the shooting took place. Police say they are investigating whether the shooting […]

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DR Congo Provides Nighttime Trip to Erupting Volcano

Posted November 18th, 2011 at 7:10 am (UTC-5)
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A national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has become an attraction for tourists willing to spend a night for a chance to see an active volcano. For $300, tourists can take an hour-long drive from Goma to Virunga National Park, and take a long hike to a tented camp set up about 1.5 […]

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DRC Opposition Candidate Denies Calling for Violence

Posted November 17th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A Congolese presidential candidate has denied calling for violence ahead of elections, but has reiterated his claim that he is the country’s true leader. In an interview with VOA Thursday, Etienne Tshisekedi talked about comments he made last week, in which he proclaimed himself president and urged supporters to free alleged political detainees from prisons. […]

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UN Warns of Pre-Election Rights Violations in DRC

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says it has documented a “worrying number” of human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo that appear to be tied to the country’s upcoming elections. In a report released Wednesday, the U.N. human rights office warned the trend could hurt the democratic process in Congo and spark violence after the […]

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UN: Human Rights Violations in DRC Could Lead to Post-Election Violence

Posted November 9th, 2011 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations says the continued repression of fundamental freedoms in the lead-up to the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s upcoming election is endangering the country’s democratic process and could lead to post-election violence. The U.N. Joint Human Rights Office released a report Wednesday documenting nearly 200 cases of human rights violations apparently linked to […]

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DRC Minister Warns Opposition Over Jail Break Threats

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into recent comments by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi proclaiming himself president and calling for a massive jailbreak. In an interview with VOA on Tuesday, Congo’s information minister Lambert Mende condemned the opposition leader’s statement as irresponsible and potentially criminal. He said the remarks could undermine the […]

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