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Vol 44 No 24

Published 5th December 2003


Congo-Kinshasa

Peace or bust

Congolese desperation – not great leaders or Western generosity – is forcing change

Two heavily armed factions within Congo's transitional power-sharing government came to blows on the night of 17 November. Officers of President Joseph Kabila's Agence Nationale de Renseignements (ANR, National Information Agency) arrived at the Grand Hôtel and arrested Colonel Hubert Olangué of the Congo-Brazzaville army. The intelligence men suspected him of 'spying' on behalf of Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, head of the once-rebel Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) and of association with one of Bemba's allies, the well informed French businessman, bon viveur and sometime advisor to the South African government, Jean-Yves Olivier.

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