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Vol 52 No 2

Published 21st January 2011


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila moves the goalposts

President Joseph Kabila has virtually ensured his re-election on 27 November by getting Parliament to eliminate the inconvenience of a second electoral round (AC Vol 52 No 1). Government Spokesman Lambert Mendé said this was on the grounds of cost, claiming that the two rounds cost US$350 million each and that the country couldn’t afford it. Few people accept this, since the majority of the costs are in setting up the first-round poll.

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