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Congo opposition leader seeks army backing

Congo opposition leader seeks army backing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Etienne Tshisekedi says he will give "great prize" to anyone who captures Kabila, amid allegations of poll fraud.
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A Crisis in the Congo

A Crisis in the Congo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Why is the West so willing to look the other way when it comes to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's clearly flawed election results?

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Congo President Joseph Kabila Denies Reports of Election Fraud

In a rare interview with reporters, the incumbent serenely rejected complaints from his chief rival and outside observers that the election was not credible.
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Presidential Supporters Take to Streets in Eastern Congo

Presidential Supporters Take to Streets in Eastern Congo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Within minutes after the announcement that Congolese President Joseph Kabila was re-elected, his supporters poured onto the streets in celebration.
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Closer look at Congo preliminary vote tally raises questions

Closer look at Congo preliminary vote tally raises questions | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Jason K. Stearns finds some surprises in the preliminary vote tally from Congo's Nov. 28 presidential elections; final results are expected Friday.
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DR Congo election results delayed

DR Congo election results delayed | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Publication of presidential election results in the DR Congo has been delayed by 48 hours because of technical difficulties, officials have said.
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A brief history of Congo's wars

Key to understanding Congo today is understanding the violence that has defined the country's recent history. The Enough Project gives some background.
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Top four ways Congo's instability affects the world

Top four ways Congo's instability affects the world | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
From the metals in your cell phone to the gas in your car, Congo is more connected to your life than you might think, and its stability matters.
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Why so much is at stake as Congo goes to polls

Why so much is at stake as Congo goes to polls | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Congo's polls today could be a crucial step for the resource-rich country's progress toward stability and self-determination. Disputed elections could leave it conflict-prone and poor.
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Obama sends military advisers to central Africa

Obama sends military advisers to central Africa | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he was sending about 100 U.S.
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Congo supreme court upholds Joseph Kabila's election victory

Congo supreme court upholds Joseph Kabila's election victory | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
More violence feared after appeal by opposition candidate against incumbent president's victory rejected by court...
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Why Congo's elections matter so much to neighbors

Why Congo's elections matter so much to neighbors | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tiny Burundi has seen a modest turnaround since it put a civil war behind it. But continued instability in Congo allows Burundi's rebel groups a safe haven to launch attacks.
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Congo protest leads to over 100 arrests after trouble in London

Congo protest leads to over 100 arrests after trouble in London | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Property was damaged and members of the public threatened as a group broke away from the main demonstration...
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Congo Leader, Kabila, Declared Winner in Disputed Vote

Many residents in the sprawling dilapidated capital of Kinshasa feared the outcome would stoke new spasms of political violence.
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After Vote in Congo, Talk of Resistance

With President Joseph Kabila likely to win re-election when the final results are announced, Congo’s main concern is how supporters of his opponent, Étienne Tshisekedi, will react.
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The material stakes in the DRC elections

Last Monday 28 November the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo voted in the second general election since the ravages of the 1998-2003 war that eventually caused over 5 million deaths. The conflict, fuelled by a complex mesh of ethnic rivalries, political disputes, and vested interests in Congo's vast mineral wealth, persists to this day in the east of the huge country, particularly in the Kivu provinces. The first elections, in 2006, were characterised by violence as the armed forces and supporters of rival political groups and presidential candidates clashed in the capital, Kinshasa, and in a number of other provinces.

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Chaos, arson, violence mar Congo election

Chaos, arson, violence mar Congo election | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Deadly violence, arson and widespread voter confusion marred Democratic Republic of Congo's second post-war election on Monday, raising concerns of a protracted dispute over the outcome.Masked...
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Your cell phone, Congo's misery

Your cell phone, Congo's misery | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Minerals in Congo's mines go into cell phones, laptops and digital cameras, and the miners' work is perilous and poorly paid, says Robin Wright.
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In remote eastern Congo, consensus is that upcoming election won't be fair

In eastern Congo's South Kivu region, one of the most-conflict ridden areas of the country, pessimism is widespread, particularly when it comes to the candidates themselves.
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