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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.
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.



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