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The facilitator of the dialogue, Edem Kodjo, with Vital Kamerhe and Thambwe Mwamba
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The dialogue politique, which began on September 1st in Kinshasa, succeeded in dividing the Congolese political class even before the talks began. Currently the 280 delegates to the dialogue include: the ruling coalition; part of the opposition; part of civil society; and “eminent personalities.” But that doesn’t say much––the dialogue has sowed chaos

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Une fois de plus, Beni a enterré ses morts. Dans la nuit du samedi 13 au dimanche 14 août, les tueurs ont de nouveau frappé. Entre 36 et 50 morts selon les sources. Un massacre violent, tellement massif qu’il a obligé le gouvernement congolais à décréter un deuil national de

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Toujours difficile de dire, au regard des signaux émis par différents acteurs de la vie politique, si la RD Congo s’achemine vers la décrispation politique souhaitée par tous pour baliser la voie du dialogue. Alors que l’opposition campe toujours, globalement, sur les conditions de sa récusation du facilitateur, Léonard She

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Today, news broke that the government had asked Ida Sawyer, the senior Human Rights Watch researcher for the DR Congo, to leave the country. This move was both unwarranted and the sign of an increasingly jusqu’au boutiste mood within the upper echelons of power, an indication that the government is ready to

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In our report released today, we say that it is impossible for free and fair elections to be held in 2016. That will not please members of civil society, the opposition, or even the UN Security Council, who have said that elections must be held and a new president installed

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A little more than four months before the end of President Joseph Kabila’s term, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is on the edge of a deep political crisis. Given the many artificial delays created by the government, it will be almost impossible for elections to be held by December 2016,

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Le 24 juillet, on témoigne le dernière tournant dans le mélodrame congolais: Au nom du Rassemblement de l’opposition, Etienne Tshisekedi récuse le facilitateur du dialogue, Edem Kodjo. La réaction de Smaïl Chergui, commissaire Paix et Sécurité de l’Union Africaine s’est voulue claire : il n’est pas question de nommer un nouveau

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The electoral process in the Congo is in the ditch. President Joseph Kabila, the United Nations, and the African Union have said they would like the dialogue––which was called for in November 2015––to begin by the end of July. With several opposition leaders (Kamerhe, Katumbi, Bazaiba) in Philadelphia for the Democratic

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Interview with Professor Crawford Young. We discuss what templates Congolese history has provided to today’s leaders––is it really a choice between authoritarianism (Mobutu) or the chaotic democratic “pagaille” of 1961-1964? Young, who first travelled to the Congo around independence, compares the Congo with other African countries.

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Billboard in Kindu: "Maniema says––Stay long and continue to stay"
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With exactly five months left in his term, President Joseph Kabila appears as a man unsure of what he wants, except perhaps more time to figure out what he wants. As a reminder, his constitutional term ends on December 19 this year. But Kabila and his entourage has been ambiguous

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