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Vol 53 No 18

Published 7th September 2012


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila seeks succour abroad

Discontent is widespread and the Francophone summit will do little to cover up the national cracks

President Joseph Kabila Kabange got an unexpected present on 27 August when his French opposite number, François Hollande, said he would attend the 12-14 October Francophone summit in Kinshasa. After November’s discredited elections and a string of human rights violations implicating the government, this allows Kabila some respite. The opposition has, though, intensified its attacks, blaming him for failing to curb regional unrest, especially the revolt by the Mouvement du 23 mars (M23) in the eastern Kivu provinces (AC Vol 53 No 16).

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