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Vol 51 No 14

Published 9th July 2010


Half a century, half the battle

After assassinations, wars and hyper-corruption, President Kabila talks of building on remarkable victories

Congo-Kinshasa’s fiftieth birthday celebrations on 30 June were marred on two sides. International accusations of corruption delayed an US$8bn debt deal (see Box), and an oil tanker explosion killed more than 230 people, many of them children watching a World Cup football match. Neither politics nor the economy are working so the big questions remain unanswered: how to use the country’s legendary natural resources honestly and constructively and how best to run a country more than half the size of Western Europe.

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