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Riot Police Break Up Congo Poll Protest

VOA News - July 11, 2006

Kinshasa ProtestRiot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.  The demonstration had been called by more than half of the 33 presidential candidates for the upcoming July 30 elections.
UN Peacekeepers Freed, Journalist Killed in Congo

VOA News - July 10, 2006

Bapuwa MuambaCongolese militia fighters released Saturday the five remaining Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they have been holding since late May, U.N. officials have said. In other developments, gunmen killed a journalist who was a vocal critic of Congos government.
Army suspends demobilisation, disarmament

IRIN - July 7, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe disarmament and demobilisation programme of the Congolese army has been suspended due to lack of funds, according to François Atufuka Mbuze, spokesman for the National Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (CONADER).Atufuka said CONADER had closed 18 orientation centres across the country on 30 June.
Deadline for militias to disarm extended to 15 July

IRIN - July 6, 2006

MilitiaThe deadline for militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri to voluntarily surrender and join a disarmament and demobilisation programme has been extended to 15 July.The deadline has been extended because we are seeing up to 250 combatants coming to disarm every day.
Suspend poll campaigns, 19 presidential candidates say

IRIN - July 5, 2006

Congo - ElectionsNineteen out of 33 presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have called for the suspension of ongoing election campaigns to allow for what they term as "transparency" in the country's first democratic elections in 45 years.
Gunmen Retake Congo Stronghold from UN, Army

VOA News - July 5, 2006

Democratic Republic of CongoCongolese gunmen have launched an offensive and retaken their stronghold in the lawless east. The capture of Tchei, in Ituri district, is a setback for the U.N. and government forces that chased militia away just weeks ago and are struggling to pacify Congo ahead of elections later this month.
Election campaigns begin

IRIN - June 30, 2006

Kinshasa rallyPresidential aspirants in the Democratic Republic of Congo kicked off their nationwide campaigns on Friday for the country's first democratic elections in 45 years, due on 30 July."The 30-day nationwide campaign is officially launched," Apollinaire Malumalu, chairman of the National Independent Electoral Commission, said.
Militiamen disarm ahead of deadline

IRIN - June 29, 2006

Militia DisarmAt least 1,100 former militias have arrived at transit sites in Ituri, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in the past three days, ahead of a 30 June ultimatum by the Congolese army for them to disarm, an official said.
UN gives big financial support to DRCongo election

Xiuan - June 29, 2006

The United Nations has made the largest investment of this type in its history, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the central African nation's first election in 45 years, the UN special representative to the DRC said on Thursday.


Congo Faces Challenges in Holding First Democratic Poll in 40 Years

VOA News - June 29, 2006

William SwingThe Democratic Republic of Congo is beginning campaigning for the first democratic elections in over 40 years. The difficulties the nation faces in staging such an election are evident in the fact that the date has been pushed back several times over the past year. VOA's Catherine Maddux examines how prepared the vast, war-scarred nation is to hold the ballot on July 30.



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