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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.
Run-off between Kabila and Bemba in presidential election

Monuc - August 21, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaIncumbent Joseph Kabila garnered 44.81% of the vote, while the runner-up, vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba, collected 20.03%, according to provisional results announced by the CEI late Sunday. They'll be opposed in a second round on October 29.
Gunfights erupt as Congo heads for poll run-off

Reuters/AlertNet - August 20, 2006

Apolinaire Malu MaluCongolese President Joseph Kabila's guards fought gun battles with forces loyal to election challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, after poll results showed the two would have to enter a run-off.
All-Star Basketball Player Opens Hospital in DRC

VOA News - August 19, 2006

Mutombo DikembeNational Basketball Association All-Star and humanitarian Dikembe Mutombo says he has no political affiliation in his native Democratic Republic of Congo. He says he hopes whoever wins the July 30th elections will focus on the country's many problems.
Congo Police Step Up Patrols Ahead of Election Results

VOA News - August 19, 2006

Congo policeDemocratic Republic of Congo's police force flexed its muscles in the country's capital Friday, sending heavily armed patrols onto the streets. Officials said it was a routine exercise but, coming days before the publication of election results, the move was seen as confrontational by many in the tense capital.
CEI: The results of the presidential elections will be announced on Sunday evening

Monuc - August 18, 2006

Dieudonne MirimoDieudonné Mirimo, the first reporter of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), confirmed that the results of the first round of the presidential elections will be known on the evening of Sunday August 20 next, exactly three weeks after the elections of July 30.
Congo heads for run-off as Kinshasa votes drip in

Monuc/Reuters - August 17, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaDemocratic Republic of Congo looked set for a presidential runoff vote on Thursday as early poll results from the capital dragged President Joseph Kabila's tally below the 50 percent needed for a first-round win.
Congo Seen as Heading for Presidential Election Run-Offs

VOA News - August 17, 2006

Jean-Pierre BembaThe Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections appear to be heading for a run-off, with the latest results from Kinshasa showing the incumbent president's lead dwindling. The Kinshasa vote counts, which have started to be published heavily favor former rebel boss Jean-Pierre Bemba and, analysts say, will probably reduce President Joseph Kabilas lead enough to require a second round run-off.
The High Authority of the Media suspends three Kinshasa TV stations

Monuc - August 17, 2006

Ham - KinshasaThe HAM decided on Wednesday July 16 2006 to suspend three Kinshasa television stations for 24 hours, for non respect of the laws governing the freedom of the press.



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