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Vol 45 No 22

Published 5th November 2004


Congo-Kinshasa

Battle for the palace

The presidential candidates are campaigning although the election timetable is unworkable

Campaigning for the presidential election due next July has started early. President Joseph Kabila set the ball rolling on 16 October with a groundbreaking visit to Kisangani, almost a year and half after he proclaimed an end to the civil war. Many Congolese and outsiders question whether the elections will hold; they will almost certainly be delayed.

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