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DRC’s President on Election: ‘I will not lose’

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila says he is certain he will win re-election in next month’s presidential poll. During a news conference in Kinshasa late Tuesday, Mr. Kabila promised to step down if he is defeated, but said “I know one thing for sure, I will not lose.” Earlier this week, a widely […]

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UN Calls for “Credible and Peaceful” DRC Elections

Posted October 17th, 2011 at 8:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is renewing its call for “credible and peaceful” elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the same day an internationally-respected election monitoring group reports next month’s vote faces “serious” credibility threats. The U.N. said Monday the Security Council was briefed on preparations for the vote scheduled on November 28. The […]

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DRC’s Kabila To Run For Re-Election

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila is running for re-election in November’s presidential race. The 40-year-old politician formally filed his candidacy Sunday in the capital, Kinshasa. He will be seeking a second five-year term in the November 28 presidential poll. Mr. Kabila first took office in 2001 after his father, then-president Laurent Kabila, was […]

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1 Killed in Congo Clash Between Police, Opposition

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo opened fire on opposition protesters Tuesday, killing one person and wounding two others. Witnesses say members of the opposition Union for Democracy and Social Progress took to the streets of Kinshasa, after the party headquarters was vandalized and set on fire. The independent television station RLTV also was […]

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DRC Police Fire Tear Gas At Opposition Protest

Posted September 1st, 2011 at 1:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo fired tear gas Thursday to break up demonstrators protesting alleged fraud in the voter rolls. Hundreds of opposition supporters marched in the capital, Kinshasa to demand an audit of the election register. They tried to reach the headquarters of Congo’s National Election Commission but were dispersed by police. […]

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ICC’s First War Crimes Trial Comes to Close

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Criminal Court is set to conclude its first-ever trial, the case of a Congolese warlord accused of recruiting child soldiers. Thomas Lubanga was the first suspect to be tried by the world’s permanent war crimes tribunal, which was established in 2002. The trial got underway in 2009, three years after Lubanga’s arrest. During […]

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UN Expert Urges Congo to Assess Debt

Posted August 5th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A United Nations expert on foreign debt and human rights has urged the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to audit the country’s debt as a step toward increasing transparency and accountability. In a statement concluding a 10-day visit to Congo Friday, Cephas Lumina said the government needs a clear picture of the country’s […]

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DRC Opposition Picks War Crimes Defendant as Candidate

Posted July 24th, 2011 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party has named Jean Pierre-Bemba, who is on trial for war crimes at The Hague, as it presidential candidate. The Movement for the Liberation of Congo announced its decision after a party meeting on Saturday. Bemba, a former Congolese vice president, is currently in jail at the International […]

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DRC National Elections to be One Round

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 9:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo passed a new electoral law Wednesday as they prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections later this year. The new law, a revision of the 2006 electoral code, calls for the votes to be held in a single round. President Joseph Kabila says it is a cost-saving measure for […]

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UN Official Says Humanitarian Crisis Continues in DRC

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A top United Nations humanitarian official says the international organization needs to “scale up” humanitarian aid, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, just weeks after the central African nation asked peacekeepers to leave. In a speech Saturday in the capital, Kinshasa, Catherine Bragg said some 600,000 Congolese are returning home after fleeing violence. But […]

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