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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.
EU troops arriving in Congo, can use force if need be - force commander

IRIN - June 26, 2006

Eurofor commender in KinshasaAdvance teams of the European Union's Force for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), known as EUFOR DRCongo, have begun arriving in the capital, Kinshasa. The force was established at the request of the United Nations to support the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), during the country's first democratic general elections in 45 years, scheduled for 30 July.
Conservation Efforts in Congo Basin Appear Effective

VOA News - June 24, 2006

Congo Basin GorillaA new assessment of Africa's massive Congo Basin rain forest finds that it is less degraded than environmentalists feared. The findings were announced in Paris, where African and Western officials ended a two-day conference Friday on an international initiative to conserve this rare, tropical forest.
Democratic Republic of Congo Prepares for Approaching Election

US DoS - June 22, 2006

Donald YamamotoThe election on July 30 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will mark ?a culmination of the efforts of various African nations? to establish peace, said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto.
Military operations in Ituri counter productive - report

IRIN - June 22, 2006

Monuc soldiersMilitary operations conducted in the troubled northeastern district of Ituri by the Congolese army, with the support of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC), are counter productive as they have contributed to the worsening of the security situation in the district, according to a report by the Forum on early Warning and Early Response (FEWER-Africa).
A vote for a piece of soap

IRIN - June 20, 2006

Congo River - KisanganiThe men and women in Yasira market have no illusions about the upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the benefit their votes will bring. "We expect presents from candidates, otherwise we will not vote for them," 20-year-old Lobela Lionda told IRIN.
Rare Okapi Sighted in Eastern Congo Park

WWF - June 16, 2006

OkapiAfter nearly 50 years, the okapi -- the closest known relative to the giraffe -- has been rediscovered in Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), World Wildlife Fund announced today. This is the first sign of okapi presence in Virunga National Park since August 1959 according to official records.
New disarmament deadline, amnesty offer for militiamen

IRIN - June 16, 2006

Congo MilitiamenMilitia active in Ituri District in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have until 30 June to disarm, according to an ultimatum by the national army and the United Nations Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC.
EU force commander details mission's mandate

IRIN - June 14, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
At least 800 European Union soldiers, mainly French, will be on the ground in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), during the country's general elections, according to the commander of an EU force.
Interview with Apollinaire Malumalu, president of Independent Electoral Commission

IRIN - June 14, 2006

Abbe Apolinaire Malu MaluThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to hold its first series of elections in 45 years on 30 July. There have been many obstacles and delays: The country is huge, with few roads, and is in the process of emerging from a decade of civil conflict



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