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Vol 47 No 8

Published 14th April 2006


A shortage of sparkle

Efforts to clean up Congo's mining business before the elections are being derailed

Unlike the billion dollars' worth of diamonds that leave Congo each year, the prospects for cleaning up its mining business before this year's national elections are far from sparkling. The elections look tarnished, too; the government cannot keep to the revised timetable for the main polls to be held on 18 June and the decision by veteran oppositionist Etienne Tshisekedi wa Malumba to boycott them may make a credible vote impossible.

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