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The AMP of President Kabila takes the majority of seats in the Senate

Monuc - January 22, 2007

Congo DRC senatorial electionsAccording to the results published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on January 20 2007, the Alliance for the Presidential Majority (AMP) of president Joseph Kabila have achieved an absolute majority with 58 senate seats out of a total of 108. In contrast, the Union for the Nation (UpN) of Jean Pierre Bemba won a total of 21 seats.
No decision yet on amnesty for dissident general, official says

IRIN - January 19, 2007

Laurent KundaDiscussions are still continuing on whether to grant amnesty to the dissident general, Laurent Nkunda, who led an anti-government rebellion in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Deputy Defence Minister for Army Integration, Bernard Mena Mboyo, said on Friday.
DRC senatorial election held this Friday

Monuc - January 19, 2007

Mayor's office - KinshasaThis Friday January 19 2007, the 690 Congolese provincial deputies voted for the senators who will occupy 108 seats all over the DRC, out of a total of 1,127 candidates.
Kabila Rival Wins DRC Senate Seat

VOA News - January 19, 2007

Jean-Pierre BembaThe losing candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic October presidential runoff election has won a seat in the country's new senate. Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel leader who became vice president during a three-year transitional period, has vowed to use his seat in the senate to lead the political opposition.  Joe Bavier has more for VOA from Kinshasa.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit DRC at the end of January

Monuc - January 18, 2007

Ban Ki-MoonNewly appointed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will visit the DRC for the first time at the end of January 2007, as part of his first overseas trip as UN Secretary General.
Congo Rebels Shoot Silverback Gorilla For Food

Wildlife Extra/Congo Rangers - January 18, 2007

Congo gorilla in Virunga National ParkRebel soldiers commanded by local warlord, Laurent Nkunda, shot and killed a silverback Mountain Gorilla in the Southern Sector of Virunga National Park, in the war torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It has also been confirmed that a second gorilla has also been killed, while unconfirmed reports indicate that possibly several more have been shot
Renegade General's Forces to Rejoin Congo Army

VOA News - January 18, 2007

Laurent NkundaDemocratic Republic of Congo's renegade General Laurent Nkunda has said his forces are reintegrating into the country's national army, following an informal peace deal struck in neighboring Rwanda. Nkunda, who led troops loyal to him into rebellion in 2004, is being sought under an international arrest warrant for war crimes.
The 11 permanent offices of the Provincial Assemblies have been installed

Monuc - January 15, 2007

Elections - CongoThe permanent offices of the provincial Assemblies have been installed on Sunday 14 January 2007 in accordance with the rearranged calendar of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Jean-Pierre Bemba's platform is controlling four of the eleven provincial offices.
Cardinal Frederic Etsou laid to rest as nation mourns

Congo Planet - January 15, 2007

Cardinal Frederick Etsou memorial mass at the Martyrs' Stadium in KinshasaCardinal Frederic Etsou was laid to rest today in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Kinshasa. Today's ceremony marked the final moments of a week-long emotional commemoration of only the second post-colonial prelate of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Pit Collapse Exposes DRC's Shaky Mining Structure

VOA News - January 14, 2007

Congo minersThe collapse of a diamond pit mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this month, in which 15 people were reported killed, has highlighted the dangers of primitive, open pit mining.



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