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In theory we are now ten months away from presidential and legislative elections in the Congo, and yet it seems that compared with 2006 there is a lack of urgency and commitment to the process. We have yet to see the new electoral commission (CENI) inaugurated, as legislators are still

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I had been looking for some good video’s of the UDPS’s leader maximo’s return on December 9th, 2010 – I finally found some yesterday. Whatever one may think of Tshisekedi, and bearing in mind that these roads are often full of people, this is very impressive. Exalt News – Une

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There has been some healthy debate in the comments section (h/t to Rich and Julie M.) on whether the government was in its rights to amend the constitution. On the face of, nothing illegal has been committed -the text of the constitution was more or less followed (aside from some procedural

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Another step has been taken to make serious changes to the Congolese constitution: Today, the senate passed the 8 revisions with 71 votes out of 108. Kabila’s AMP coalition accounts for roughly 58 senators (give or take a few), and they often get another dozen votes from independent senators. Nonetheless,

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I came across this IMF report on progress made by the Congolese government on its Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). It’s pretty brazen in its blinkered optimism, but worthwhile glancing at, if only to see what the government will be saying going into the election campaign. The figures are for

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The exact vote count (h/t Rich) on the constitutional revision was 334 for, 1 against and 2 abstentions. The rest of the MPs apparently walked out in protest. For those looking for the actual proposed revisions, you can find them in two parts here and here along with the government’s justification. They

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The news just in from Kinshasa: The constitutional revision passed the national assembly today with 350 out of 500 votes. The Palais du Peuple got a bit chaotic when a fistfight broke out on the podium between opposition and majority MPs, but the vote eventually passed. Already there are accusations

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The New Year has not kicked off well in the Congo. At least in electoral terms. After Vital Kamerhe was prevented from holding rallies in Goma and Bukavu – authorities argued that the campaign season had not yet begun – the opposition in Kinshasa was briefly prevented from meeting in

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Kash on Congo

Kash Thembo is hands down the best Congolese caricaturist. He has just released a new book, which you can order here: kilawou75@yahoo.com. The book has texts by Pascal Kambale, a veteran Congolese human rights activist and co-founder of AZADHO, and an introduction by Professor Yoka Lye, a prominent Congolese satirist. To

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New Year’s Day in Fizi, South Kivu, brought bad news and gave an idea about how stupid and arrogant the violence in the Kivus has sometimes become. A argument broke out in a bar between a Congolese army soldier and a civilian, reportedly over a woman.  The soldier shot the

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