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Vol 51 No 1

Published 8th January 2010


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila and a sad jubilee

New clashes erupt, the UN mandate is extended but only for six months, the neighbours cause trouble over oil and national elections are coming

This year, President Joseph Kabila has his chance to boost his standing with voters before the 2011 presidential and parliamentary election campaign. It is also the 50th anniversary of Congo’s independence, a period punctuated by conflict, grand corruption and continuing foreign interference. A Panel of Experts’ report to the United Nations Security Council in late November (AC Vol 50 No 24) exposed the links to 25 states that support the rebel Forces Démocratiques pour la Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), fighting in Congo-Kinshasa. The UN will push the authorities to block the financing and arming of Hutu militias, source of much of the violence in eastern Congo.

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