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EU Sends Reinforcements as Congo Fighting Continues

VOA News - August 22, 2006

Congo policeThe European Union says it rushed in three helicopters and 50 Special Forces soldiers from Gabon Tuesday. Its spokesman says he expects up to 500 more troops to arrive there soon. These will add to the 1,000 European troops who are supporting the United Nations' 17,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Congo.
Congo Police Step Up Patrols Ahead of Election Results

VOA News - August 19, 2006

Congo policeDemocratic Republic of Congo's police force flexed its muscles in the country's capital Friday, sending heavily armed patrols onto the streets. Officials said it was a routine exercise but, coming days before the publication of election results, the move was seen as confrontational by many in the tense capital.
MONUC welcomes the successful holding of elections in DR Congo

Monuc - August 2, 2006

Congo - ElectionsThe United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) hails the holding in peace of the first free and democratic elections in DR Congo.
DR Congo holds watershed general elections

Xinhua - July 30, 2006

Congolese woman waiting to voteThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday is holding its first democratic presidential and legislative elections since independence more than four decades ago, hoping to turn a new page for the war-devastated nation.
Vote set for Sunday despite irregularities

IRIN - July 27, 2006

Congo - ElectionsLogistical problems with Sunday's general elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo and reports that security forces are violating the human rights of candidates and their supporters will not delay the vote, according to the Independent Electoral Commission and the international community supporting it.
European Soldiers in Congo Flex Muscles Ahead of Polls

VOA News - July 20, 2006

Gen Karlheinz Viereck, EU Operation Commander for the DRC
The European Union's Congo force carried out exercises Thursday to show what it could do to help secure historic elections at the end of the month. The EU put its men, helicopters and technology on display in an attempt to show that it is ready to ensure the first elections in over 40 years run smoothly.
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
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.
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.
List of presidential candidates finalised but still no election date

IRIN - April 27, 2006

President Joseph Kabila and three of his four vice-presidents are on the final list of 33 presidential candidates published by the Democratic Republic of Congo's Independent Electoral Commission, known by its French acronym CEI.









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