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Vol 38 No 14

Published 4th July 1997


Congo-Kinshasa

Kabila's ghosts

The AFDL's credibility is on the line as concerns over human rights mount

Veteran opposition leader Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba still has huge support in the capital Kinshasa and his arrest on 26 June was for many Kinois the final stage in their new government's rapid loss of popular appeal. His release the following morning was greeted by a pro-Tshisekedi demonstration. For the 90 per cent of the population outside Kinshasa, it was another confirmation that while President Laurent-Désiré Kabila and his soldiers had put Mobutu Sese Seko to flight, they had no plans to replace dictatorship by broad-based democracy.

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