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Vol 46 No 1

Published 7th January 2005


Too many troops

If peace is to come to the region, the weak government in Kinshasa must deal with the eastern Congo crisis, then organise elections due in June but likely to be delayed for at least six months. Tensions with Rwanda will persist in 2005. The World Bank worries that unrest in the east endangers macro-economic stability and prevents road-building: economic reconstruction and political transition should go ahead together. The Kinsasha government starts the year factionalised and unable to contain the extremists in either the Rwandan-backed Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie-Goma (RCD-Goma) or President Joseph Kabila's Parti du Peuple pour la Reconstruction et la Démocratie (PPRD).

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