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Vote Counting Starts in Congo Amid Tension

VOA News - July 30, 2006

Official counting votesVote counting has started in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo amid renewed tension over the outcome in the country's first open election in over 40 years. There was some rioting in a mining town, causing voting to be postponed there, but no widespread violence.
Congolese Vote in First Open Election in Four Decades

VOA News - July 30, 2006

Joseph Kabila - Election DayUnder the whizzing of helicopters many polling centers opened late, but turnout appeared substantial. Voting was slow, but orderly.
Congo Conducts Historic Vote

AP - July 30, 2006

Voters await their turn to cast ballotsMillions of Congolese voted in the country's first multiparty election in four decades Sunday, the culmination of years of postwar transition that many pray will herald stability for the tumultuous central Africa region that Congo anchors.
Vote starts with good turnout

IRIN - July 30, 2006

Congolese in line to voteIn the first democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in more than 40 years, people started lining up early in the morning in many voting stations in Kinshasa and the east.
Congolese Hope For The Best, Brace For The Worst

VOA News - July 29, 2006

Elections - ProtestOn the eve of the Democratic Republic of Congo's first open election in over forty years, many Congolese are hoping for the best, but bracing for the worst.  Many are worried about the outcome of the post-war election, once results are announced.
Elections all ready, says UN

IRIN - July 29, 2006

Monuc - ElectionsThe first round of the biggest elections the United Nations has ever supported are on track for Sunday, a United Nations (UN) military spokesman announced in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Finding an end to violence

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Elections protestA significant number of combatants from the various conflicts in Congo since 1996 have still not disarmed and many continue to destabilise the country, despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement in 2002.
Violence rising as elections near

IRIN - July 28, 2006

Election - ViolenceColumns of smoke rose over Kinshasa on Thursday as political violence claimed the lives of three policemen and at least three civilians ahead of Sunday's elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
1,300 international observers for polls

IRIN - July 28, 2006

At least 1,300 international observers will be deployed all over the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during Sunday's elections, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


Explosion Coincides With Congolese Rebel Rally

VOA News - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsIn the Democratic Republic of Congo, a fire has broken out at the security camp of a former rebel leader just as he was holding a large campaign rally in the capital Kinshasa ahead of Sunday's post-war election.



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