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I will not fight if I lose election - Bemba

IRIN - October 27, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaCongolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has said he will not return to war if he loses in a free and fair second-round presidential poll due on Sunday. "I will accept the decision of the ballot," he said on Thursday in the capital, Kinshasa.
DR Congo leader's ally 'trapped'

BBC News - October 26, 2006

Mobutu Nzanga Ngbangawe Francois JosephA key ally of DR Congo's President Joseph Kabila is trapped in an armed stand-off ahead of Sunday's election, according to UN sources. Nzanga Mobutu, son of late Congolese ruler Mobutu Sese Seko, was campaigning on behalf of President Kabila in Gbadolite, in the north of the country.
DRC Candidate Cancels Rally Following Violence

VOA News - October 26, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaFormer rebel leader and presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has canceled a stadium rally, following violence in the capital city, Kinshasa. He is facing current president, Joseph Kabila, in Sunday's run-off election.
Nine Inmates Wounded in Prison Clash With Congo Police

VOA News - October 26, 2006

Congo jailPrisoners and guards clashed in a Congolese prison Thursday, one day after a group of inmates escaped from the facility. The prison director says at least nine inmates were injured, three of them seriously, as guards moved to quell a riot at the prison in Congo's capital Kinshasa.
Congolese Express Regret, Offer Excuses Following Debate Cancellation

VOA News - October 26, 2006

Congo - ElectionsA live televised debate was supposed to take place Thursday night between the two candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo's October 29, post-war election. But, instead, Congolese are expressing disappointment and the rival political camps are trading accusations, after the debate's cancellation.
Congo's candidate debate scrapped

Monuc\BBC - October 26, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaA debate between the two presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been cancelled ahead of this Sunday's final round vote. Incumbent President Joseph Kabila and his challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba failed to agree on the terms of the debate.
UN Makes Peace Appeal to Congo's Candidates

VOA News - October 25, 2006

UN spokesman Jean-Tobie OkalaThe U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is urging rival candidates to denounce violence and promote discipline ahead of a runoff presidential vote October 29. Campaigning has been marked by the public absence of the two candidates and recurrent clashes between rival supporters.
Two of Kabila's killers recaptured

IRIN - October 25, 2006

Laurent KabilaTwo of the men convicted of killing President Laurent-Desire Kabila, who escaped from jail on Tuesday, have been recaptured, a military officer, who requested anonymity, said on Wednesday.
Kabila Murder Convicts Escape From Congo Jail

VOA News - October 24, 2006

Laurent KabilaAs many as 14 prisoners sentenced in the 2001 assassination of former Congolese President Laurent Kabila have escaped from a Kinshasa jail.
UN and European security forces vigilant ahead of presidential run-off

IRIN - October 24, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaAs presidential rivals Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba prepare for an electoral run-off in the Congo on Sunday, the two international forces in charge of security during the polls, say they are ready to quell any violence that erupts.



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