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Kinshasa accepts militia leader's plea to join army

IRIN - July 17, 2006

Miliamen in IturiThe government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has responded positively to a request by a militia leader in the northeastern district of Ituri to be integrated into the national army.
W. Swing: The freedom of the press is one of the pillars of any democratic country

Monuc - July 15, 2006

William SwingWilliam Swing, the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary General in the DRC, inaugurated, on Thursday July 13 2006, a seminar entitled "MONUC, the media and the elections".
Trio in military court over journalist's murder

IRIN - July 13, 2006

Franck NgykeThree suspects have appeared before a military tribunal in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, facing murder charges over the death of a journalist and his wife eight months ago.
Second Carter Center Statement on the Election Preparations in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Carter Center - July 12, 2006

Jimmy CarterThe presidential and legislative election campaigns are now slowly underway across the country. While there has been an improvement in the quality of the information put out by political parties and candidates, there is still a tendency to politicize and sensationalize relatively straight-forward technical issues and unjustly undermine confidence in the electoral process.
Riot Police Break Up Congo Poll Protest

VOA News - July 11, 2006

Kinshasa ProtestRiot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to break up a protest in the middle of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital.  The demonstration had been called by more than half of the 33 presidential candidates for the upcoming July 30 elections.
UN Peacekeepers Freed, Journalist Killed in Congo

VOA News - July 10, 2006

Bapuwa MuambaCongolese militia fighters released Saturday the five remaining Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers they have been holding since late May, U.N. officials have said. In other developments, gunmen killed a journalist who was a vocal critic of Congos government.
Army suspends demobilisation, disarmament

IRIN - July 7, 2006

Congolese soldiersThe disarmament and demobilisation programme of the Congolese army has been suspended due to lack of funds, according to François Atufuka Mbuze, spokesman for the National Demobilisation and Reintegration Commission (CONADER).Atufuka said CONADER had closed 18 orientation centres across the country on 30 June.
Deadline for militias to disarm extended to 15 July

IRIN - July 6, 2006

MilitiaThe deadline for militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern district of Ituri to voluntarily surrender and join a disarmament and demobilisation programme has been extended to 15 July.The deadline has been extended because we are seeing up to 250 combatants coming to disarm every day.
Suspend poll campaigns, 19 presidential candidates say

IRIN - July 5, 2006

Congo - ElectionsNineteen out of 33 presidential candidates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have called for the suspension of ongoing election campaigns to allow for what they term as "transparency" in the country's first democratic elections in 45 years.
Gunmen Retake Congo Stronghold from UN, Army

VOA News - July 5, 2006

Democratic Republic of CongoCongolese gunmen have launched an offensive and retaken their stronghold in the lawless east. The capture of Tchei, in Ituri district, is a setback for the U.N. and government forces that chased militia away just weeks ago and are struggling to pacify Congo ahead of elections later this month.



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