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The Kabila administration is not known for quick reactions––it can take them days or even weeks to react publicly to massacres in the eastern Congo, for example.This morning, however, just hours after Trump made his victory speech, President Kabila wrote to congratulate him on “his brilliant election.” What will the

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Following the release of our poll on October 25, 2016, there have been some questions regarding our methodology. In the interest of transparency, we have published the entire anonymized results here, along with the codebook here. A primer on how to use the codebook can be found here: http://xlsform.org and CRG/BERCI are

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The Bureau d’Études, de Recherches, et Consulting International (BERCI) and the Congo Research Group (CRG) at New York University conducted a nationally representative political opinion poll across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Between May and September 2016, researchers interviewed 7,545 people in face-to-face interviews. Some of our main findings

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Les derniers événements survenus à Kinshasa ont été l’occasion d’une mobilisation rarement aussi totale de la communauté internationale au regard des violences qui ont accompagné les manifestations de l’opposition. Avec un bilan très lourd : au-delà de 30 morts selon la police, plus de 100, si l’on en croit le comptage

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Something happened yesterday in Kinshasa, a violent screeching of gears in the political crisis as the government decided to resort to brute force to quash popular protest. If before September 19 all eyes were focused on the political process––who was participating in the political dialogue, whether it was still possible

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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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