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Congo-Kinshasa

Congo-Kinshasa

Population: 81.34 mn.
GDP: $37.24 bn.
Debt: $5.13 bn.

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Militias flex their muscles

Violence is escalating in the east, as UN leaders come under fire for not engaging with neighbouring countries responsible for it

With elections right around the corner, armed groups in the east are ramping up their attacks on government forces and United Nations peacekeepers. Meanwhile, a split in the opposi...


Hanging on a click factor

Opposition parties question the reliability of the new voting machines as leading presidential candidates are barred

With barely 10 weeks until presidential, legislative and provincial polls, Congo-Kinshasa's political class and electoral commission (the Commission électorale nationale ind...


One province’s perilous poll

Kasaï Central is scarred by famine, militia, cult and government violence, none of which is likely to ease before elections take place

Until the Kamuina Nsapu revolt erupted two years ago, the province of Kasaï Central had been peaceful. All that changed when the Kamuina Nsapu militia, led by a would-be traditiona...


Kabila names his dauphin

The President finally named a successor at the eleventh hour and ended the third-term controversy. Storms still lie ahead

The drama over who will be allowed to run in the presidential elections due in December has dragged the political system to the brink as growing armed conflict increase instability...


Backers and attackers

While Kabila steps down, his successor will have to cope with neighbours with agendas, and the myriad militias they support

Congo-Kinshasa's most important neighbours lie to the east: Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, all of whom have played key roles in the country's ructions over the past three de...


Making the miners sweat

Big mining companies loudly rejected the new mining code. They don’t know if they’ll sue, shut their mines in protest, or lump it

Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala Nzenze signed into law regulations which overhaul the regime governing the mining sector on 9 June, making real the worst fears of Glencore, Randgold ...


Clashes over 'clean coltan'

Conflict minerals are being laundered for export, it is claimed, exacerbating Hutu-Tutsi tension in the unstable east

The closure of a coltan mine at the beginning of the month sparked protests and has focused attention on the continuing struggle to keep conflict financing out of supply chains. Ho...


The Great Lakes gold rush

Escalating violence is being fuelled by smuggled gold, which often ends up in the hands of a leading Belgian refiner

Diplomats and United Nations officials are becoming increasingly worried by the risk of another 'great war' as bad as that which devastated the country between 1998 and 2003. Now a...


Kabila's survival strategy

The President is brutally repressing dissent, ignoring and sometimes encouraging ethnic violence in a bid to prolong his rule

A leader determined to hold on to power against a growing band of opposition activists while militia fighters mobilise in the hinterland are all pushing Congo-Kinshasa closer to th...


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