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ICC monitoring pre-election violence in DR Congo

International Criminal Court - November 11, 2011

ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo"The use of violence will not be tolerated. My Office is gathering and carefully reviewing converging reports of both verbal and physical violence arising out of the electoral campaign for the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 November," said International Criminal Court Prosecurtor Luis Moreno-Ocampo.
Tshisekedi's Mental Health Called into Question after Incoherent Statements

Congo News Agency - November 8, 2011

Etienne TshisekediGovernment spokesman Lambert Mende called into question the mental health of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi on Monday, a day after the main challenger to President Joseph Kabila in the November 28 presidential election made incoherent and incendiary statements during an interview.
Rwanda gives DR Congo back tonnes of smuggled minerals

BBC News - November 3, 2011

Big business... But little of the hundreds of millions of dollars generated annually by DRC's mineral sector ends up in stateAbout 82 tonnes of smuggled minerals seized by Rwandan police has been handed back to the Democratic Republic of Congo in a sign of improved relations between the two neighbours. The minerals include cassiterite, or tin ore, as well as coltan, used in devices such as mobile phones.
Kabila Launches Re-Election Campaign in Maniema Province

Radio Okapi - October 30, 2011

President Joseph Kabila in KinshasaPresident Joseph Kabila launched his re-election campaign in Kindu, Maniema Province, on Sunday. Thousands of supporters welcomed the incumbent president in the eastern Congo city and followed him as he walked 5 kilometers from the airport to the town center to give a speech.
European Union to observe presidential and legislative elections

European Union - October 19, 2011

Mariya NedelchevaAt the invitation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the European Union is deploying an Election Observation Mission for the Presidential and Legislative elections, scheduled for 28 November 2011. The EU EOM, composed of 147 observers, will assess pre-election preparations and campaign in all provinces of the DRC, as well as voting, counting, tabulation processes and complaint procedures.
Kabila Confident He Will Win Re-Election

Congo News Agency - October 18, 2011

Joseph KabilaWith only 6 weeks left before presidential and parliamentary elections, President Kabila, at a wide-ranging news conference on Tuesday, said that he is confident he will win re-election in November. “I know one thing for sure, I will not lose,” Mr. Kabila replied when asked if he thinks there is a candidate who could beat him.
UN Security Council calls for credible and peaceful elections

UN News Centre - October 17, 2011

United Nations Security CouncilIn a press statement following a briefing by Roger Meece, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC on the preparations for next month's elections, the Council emphasized the importance of free and constructive political debate, freedom of expression and assembly, equal access to all media and the safety for all candidates.
TP Mazembe back in Champions League

BBC Sport - October 17, 2011

TP MazembeHolders TP Mazembe will return to the African Champions League next season after winning the DR Congo league. Mazembe beat Motema Pembe 2-0 on Sunday to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table with just one match left.
Obama Sends Troops to Help Fight the LRA

The White House | Office of the Press Secretary - October 14, 2011

President Barack Obama presents White House Military Aide LTC Barrett Bernard with the Defense Superior Service Medal during a departure ceremony in the Oval Office, Oct. 12, 2011."I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield. I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa," President Barack Obama wrote to the U.S. Congress on Friday.
Elections Will Be Held on Time - INEC

ACP - October 10, 2011

Daniel Ngoy MulundaThe chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, confirmed Sunday night that the presidential and parliamentary elections will be held as scheduled on November 28 this year. “After the 2006 elections, we have to get our people accustomed to a 5-year electoral cycle,” he said.



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