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You saw it first on Congo Siasa – here’s his party flyer,  distributed today at the press conference he gave in Kinshasa. As suspected, his slogan is “Mopepe ya sika” – Fresh air.

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News round-up: The CNDP officially announced that it was joining the AMP ruling coalition. Critics suggest that this is a way for the AMP to secure votes in the territory occupied by CNDP troops – anywhere between 300,000 to a million people live in and around CNDP-controlled areas in the

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Chers lecteurs francophones: j’ai recu pas mal de messages me demandant de publier ce blog en francais. Ca fait du sens, bien sur, pour un site sur le Congo. J’ai donc experimenté avec plusieures options, et le plus facile et d’utiliser une application de traduction dans le navigateur. Par exemple,

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Etienne Tshisekedi addressed his party’s national congress yesterday in Kinshasa. A full 5,000 delegates are reportedly attending from around the Congo and including members of the diaspora – an impressive mobilization. Tshisekedi called for unity within his party, which has suffered numerous defections and internal splits over the years. In

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It’s (almost) official: Vital Kamerhe is leaving the PPRD ruling party and creating his own party, the Union pour la Nation Congolaise (UNC). According to a press statement released yesterday, Vital will make the announcement on Tuesday. The former PPRD governor of Equateur Jean Bertrand Ewanga will be the UNC

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Tshisekedi arrived in Kinshasa yesterday after three years in “medical exile.” There is some debate about how many people showed up to greet him at the airport and along the 20km of road between Ndjili airport and his home in Limete. Some say hundreds of thousands, some tens of thousands.

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Although President Kabila said that the election campaign will not begin until mid-2011, one can consider that the unofficial race kicked off today with the arrival of veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi. He had been in “medical exile” for three years in Belgium.  According to preliminary reports, several thousand people

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Yesterday, Belgian journalist Colette Braeckmann published an interview with President Kabila in Le Soir. You can read the whole interview here. Here are some excerpts: Constitutional revision Kabila said that the “absolute priority” are the elections, and that the revision will come afterwards – this implies that he may postpone

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Congo Siasa spoke with three members – Steve Hege, Fred Robarts and Greg Mthembu-Salter –  of the UN Group of Experts on the Congo about the importance of the sanctions regime, which they monitor, on the conflict in the Congo. CS: This is the tenth final report of the GoE

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There were, of course, many cables relating to the Great Lakes among the 250,000 State Department cables released last week. Very few, however, have been released. This is what I can glean so far: A cable signed by Hillary Clinton (put up by Jeune Afrique but the link no longer

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