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Interview with Valentin Mubake, representative of the opposition UDPS

IRIN - June 14, 2006

Valentin MubakeThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is preparing to hold its first democratic elections in 45 years on 30 July, but the main political opposition party is not participating.
Demo held over polls as UN team visits Kinshasa

IRIN - June 13, 2006

UDPS supporters after a demoThousands of Congolese on Monday took to the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, to demand negotiations that would see the main opposition party included in the country's electoral process.
Interview with William Swing, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative

IRIN - June 13, 2006

William Swing - Special Representative of UN Secretary-General to the DRC and head of MONUC
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to hold its first elections in 45 years on 30 July. Donors are providing almost half a billion dollars to fund the polls, and the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, known as MONUC, is responsible for transporting the electoral personnel and voting material to 53,000 polling sites around the country.
EU military communications advance team arrives

IRIN - June 8, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
A 20-member advance team of the European Union (EU) force charged with safeguarding the first general elections in 45 years in the Congo has arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, a spokesman for the force said on Thursday
To vote, or not to vote?

IRIN - June 8, 2006

Abbe Apollinaire Malumalu
Among the many political problems weighing on this giant, war-weary nation as it staggers towards its first elections in 40 years, is the fact that its main opposition has missed the deadline to register.
German parliament approves contingent for Congo's EU force

IRIN - June 4, 2006

Eurofor in the Democratic Republic of CongoThe German parliament, the Bundestag, voted 135-5 on Thursday to send a maximum of 780 soldiers to a United Nations-mandated European Union force, due to be deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to support the UN mission there during general elections set for 30 July.
ICC defers militia leader's hearing

IRIN - June 1, 2006

The International Criminal Court will hold the confirmation hearing in the case against former Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga on 28 September, three month later than the initial date set, ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has said.


US Senators Promote Improved US-Congo Legislation

VOA News - May 31, 2006

A bipartisan group of US senators will promote legislation outlining US policy toward the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bill is spearheaded by Illinois democrats Barack Obama and Dick Durbin and republicans Sam Brownback of Kansas and Michael DeWine of Ohio.


7 UN Peacekeepers Missing, Presumed Captured in Congo

VOA News - May 29, 2006

Seven Nepalese peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Congo have been missing since Sunday, and are presumed captured by militia. The U.N. says the peacekeepers were separated from their unit during fighting with militia, during which one other Nepalese soldier was killed and three were wounded.


South African institute discounts "coup plot" theory following arrests

IRIN - May 28, 2006

The South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has ruled out chances that the men arrested and identified as foreign mercenaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were plotting a coup or planning to destabilise the country ahead of 30 July elections.





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