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Suite à des demandes de clarification, nous publions des détails additionnels sur notre sondage d’octobre 2018. Notre base de ce sondage provient d’un sondage face–à–face que nous avons mené en 2016. Pour faire notre échantillon nous avons utilisé la base de données de l’Enquête 123 de l’INS de 2011 qui  renseigne le nombre d’habitants

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On November 2, 2018 we were surprised to see that the Congo Research Group is listed as a “stakeholder” on the website of Pamoja USA, a limited-liability company registered as a foreign agent to promote Félix Tshisekedi’s bid for president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. CRG is in no way affiliated with Pamoja

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Today, the Congo Research Group (CRG) is releasing  a new report, “Setting fire to  your own house: Crisis in Kasaï, the Manipulation of Customary Power and the Instrumentalization of Disorder.” You can find the web-report here, and download the PDF document here. Since August 2016, the Kasaï region has seen one

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There has been a broad outpouring of support for the demonstrations announced by the Comité laïc de coordination (CLC) this Sunday. This one comes from the Central African Studies Association, a group of academics from across North America, Europe, and Africa. You can read the full statement here.

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For most of the past three years, the lament of diplomats and human rights activists alike has been summed up by one word: glissement. Kabila does not want to hold elections, as he is term limited, so he plays for time by creating artificial delays. The focus of advocacy was on

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Last Friday, President Joseph Kabila called an impromptu press conference in Kinshasa, during which he spoke for over two and a half hours. My general thoughts below, followed by a fact check of his main points. A few things struck me watching the press conference. First, how at ease the

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Just three weeks after their last protest, Congolese in several major cities (Bukavu, Goma, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, and Kisangani, perhaps others) turned out for protests against the government after Sunday mass. The pictures were moving, once again: Barefoot priests leading parishioners, crosses held high, chanting the Lord’s Prayer and

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For a long time, the opposition to President Kabila had a real problem: it looked too much like President Kabila. Many of its leaders––Vital Kamerhe, Moise Katumbi, Pierre Lumbi, Olivier Kamitatu––were allies of Kabila until recently. The main exception to this, Etienne Tshisekedi, is now dead, and his party has

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Congo’s national assembly passed a new electoral law today. While it has become commonplace for pundits to reject anything proposed by the ruling coalition as a tactic to delay elections, we should not throw this particular initiative out with the bathwater. Most of the controversy enveloping the law concerned the “seuil de

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By ELISABETH CAESENS and JASON STEARNS There will be flurry of diplomatic activity on the Congo in coming days. Tomorrow (Thursday), the International Contact Group for the Great Lakes Region––a conclave of important donors and diplomats––will meet in The Hague to discuss, among other things, what to do about the

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