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Tensions rising as presidential campaigns get under way

IRIN - October 17, 2006

Kinshasa - ElectionsThree days into presidential election campaigns, tensions remain high in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as supporters of candidates Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba burn effigies and stone vehicles involved in the campaigns.
Human Rights Watch: Army Abducts Civilians for Forced Labor

Human Rights Watch - October 16, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe Congolese armed forces must immediately end their practice of abducting civilians and using them for forced labor in the country's northeastern Ituri district, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo must investigate and prosecute soldiers suspected of these crimes.
Cabinet reshuffles an attempt to entrench Kabila's power, critics say

IRIN - October 13, 2006

Congo - GouvernmentDemocratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's replacement of some civilians in his cabinet and provincial governors with military officers is an attempt to entrench himself in power, critics said on Thursday.
UN Under Secretary General in charge of political affairs to visit DRC

Monuc - October 12, 2006

Ibrahim GambariOn Thursday October 12, 2006, Mr. Ibrahim Gambari, UN Under Secretary General in charge of political affairs, will arrive in the DRC as part of an official four day visit to the country.
12 militias killed in clashes with army in Ituri

IRIN - October 9, 2006

Congo MilitiamenThe situation remained tense in the localities of Avena and Marabo in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, even though fighting at the weekend between the army and militias had ended, the UN Mission in the Congo (MONUC) said on Monday.
Rival Congolese Camps Build Alliances

VOA News - October 2, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaRival camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo's post-war election process are busy building alliances, but fears of more unrest remain. A second round presidential runoff will take place October 29, along with an election for provincial posts.
Majority coalition in parliament backs Kabila

IRIN - October 2, 2006

Joseph Kabila KabangeA coalition of political parties backing transitional President Joseph Kabila in upcoming second-round polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo has achieved a majority in the new parliament with 300 out of 500 seats, according to a spokesman for the coalition.
UN envoy says country should be ready to hold successful polls next month

Monuc - September 28, 2006

William Lacy SwingThe Democratic Republic of the Congo should have all the necessary financial, logistical and security elements in place to successfully stage the run-off round of landmark presidential elections next month, the senior United Nations envoy to the country said on 27 September, 2006.
Annan calls for extension of the UN mission in the DR Congo ahead of October's poll

UN News Service - September 26, 2006

Kofi AnanLooking ahead to next month's run-off presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and beyond, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called for the UN mission in the vast African country to be extended until February, and also for continued authorization to reinforce troop numbers when necessary.
Presidential hopefuls agree to disarm for next election

IRIN - September 25, 2006

Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre BembaSenior aides to the two candidates running for president in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have agreed to make Kinshasa a weapons-free zone to ensure that the fighting that followed the first-round results in August is not repeated.

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