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Profile: Jean-Pierre Gombo Bemba - Mouvement de libération du Congo

IRIN - August 23, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaBemba, 44, is a serving vice-president in charge of finance in the Democractic Republic of Congo's transitional government, and one of two contenders in the second round of presidential elections scheduled for 29 October. He is the leader of the Mouvement de libération du Congo (MLC), a former rebel group that became a political party after the 2002 peace agreement.
Truce Holds After Days of Fighting in Congo Capital

VOA News - August 23, 2006

MonucA U.N.-brokered truce between fighters loyal to the Democratic Republic of Congo's two remaining presidential candidates appeared to be holding Wednesday. After three days of fighting between men loyal to the incumbent president and a former rebel leader, a relative calm returned to the capital.
Annan Urges Congo's Presidential Rivals to Meet

VOA News - August 23, 2006

Kofi AnanU.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging the Democratic Republic of Congo's two leading presidential candidates to meet immediately to end fighting between their supporters.
The DRC Prepares for October Runoff Election

VOA News - August 22, 2006

CEI logoAs the Democratic Republic of Congo prepares for the runoff election between President Joseph Kabila and Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba on October 29th, the Independent Electoral Commission says it needs additional help from the international community.
EU Sends Reinforcements as Congo Fighting Continues

VOA News - August 22, 2006

Congo policeThe European Union says it rushed in three helicopters and 50 Special Forces soldiers from Gabon Tuesday. Its spokesman says he expects up to 500 more troops to arrive there soon. These will add to the 1,000 European troops who are supporting the United Nations' 17,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Congo.
Battling it out in Kinshasa

IRIN - August 22, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaFighting in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, may have broken out because the results of the 30 July election, announced on Sunday, took supporters of President Joseph Kabila by surprise, analysts said on Tuesday.
Frontrunners need alliances for 2nd round of presidential polls

IRIN - August 22, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaPresidential frontrunners Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo will have to make political alliances to win the run-off election due on 29 October, analysts said.
Officials Appeal for Calm in Congo After Kinshasa Gunbattles

VOA News - August 22, 2006

KinshasaOfficials are appealing for calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after three days of gunbattles between supporters of the two main presidential candidates.
Peacekeepers Evacuate Diplomats From Congo Gun Battle

VOA News - August 22, 2006

Monuc troops in KinshasaUnited Nations and European peacekeepers have evacuated a group of diplomats who were trapped by gunfire between forces loyal to Congo's top two presidential candidates. The tension in Congo remains high after the results of the announcement of the first round of elections.
Congo's capital calm after results night gunbattle

Monuc/Reuters - August 21, 2006

KinshasaCongolese police and U.N. peacekeepers patrolled the capital Kinshasa on Monday hours after the announcement of an election run-off was overshadowed by battles between soldiers loyal to the two leading candidates.



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