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Vital Kamerhe elected president of the National Assembly

Monuc - December 30, 2006

Vital KamerheVital Kamerhe has been elected president of the permanent Office of the National Assembly on Thursday 28 December 2006. The "Alliance de la Majorité Presidentielle" (the Alliance of the presidential majority) (AMP) of President Joseph Kabila has occupied all the seven seats of this executive Office.
DRC President's Allies Secure Top Posts in Parliament

VOA News - December 29, 2006

Joseph KabilaA close adviser to Congolese President Joseph Kabila has won the top leadership position in the Democratic Republic of Congo's newly elected parliament.Vital Kamerhe, a former minister and secretary-general of President Kabila's People's Party for Reconstruction and Development, was elected president of the National Assembly by an overwhelming margin.
Fighting Resumes Between Government, Dissident Soldiers in DRC

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Laurent NkundaThe U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo says fighting resumed Thursday between dissident soldiers and government troops in the country's east.U.N. officials say troops loyal to dissident general Laurent Nkunda were battling government soldiers in North Kivu province.
Congolese Soldiers on Trial for War Crimes

VOA News - December 28, 2006

Bunia - IturiA group of Congolese soldiers is on trial for war crimes allegedly committed in the country's volatile east. U.N. investigators last month discovered mass graves containing around 30 bodies, including women and children, inside an army camp.
Clashes, displacement in the east

IRIN - December 28, 2006

CongoThousands of people have been displaced from their homes in eastern DRC due to renewed clashes between the regular army, and forces allied to renegade commander Laurent Nkunda, according to military sources and the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC.
Pope Benedict XVI calls for peace in the world in Christmas message

Vatican - December 25, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI"Our Saviour is born to the world!" During the night, in our Churches, we again heard this message that, notwithstanding the passage of the centuries, remains ever new. It is the heavenly message that tells us to fear not, for "a great joy" has come "to all the people" (Lk 1:10).
Congo President Begins Forming New Government

VOA News - December 21, 2006

Joseph Kabila, Zanga Mobutu and Antoine GizengaThe Democratic Republic of Congo's newly elected leader, Joseph Kabila, is trying to figure out how to form a new government while keeping promises made to various parties during the election period. Some groups say the coalitions and commitments are creating obstacles to the country's political progress.
Security Council backs new stability pact for Africa's Great Lakes region

UN News Service - December 20, 2006

Un Security CouncilThe Security Council today backed the recently concluded Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region of Africa, which a United Nations envoy said holds the potential to consolidate gains in a part of the world that has been the scene of numerous deadly conflicts.
UN reports security improvement with many militia groups demobilizing

UN News Service - December 20, 2006

Congo MilitiamenSecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has improved, with numerous militia groups joining the United Nations-run disarmament programme, and calm returning in the east after fighting between the Congolese Army and partisans of a rogue general, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported today.
Security crucial to Kabila's success

IRIN - December 20, 2006

Joseph Kabila in Nairobi, KenyaJoseph Kabila won Congo's first democratic presidential elections in decades, but now the 35-year-old former guerrilla leader faces the daunting task of rebuilding from scratch a country almost the size of western Europe.



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