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Under pressure DR Congo government vows to stem violence

Tension was fanned by Saturday’s emergence of a seven-minute video purporting to show soldiers shooting unarmed civilians to death. The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government, under pressure to act after months of violence in the south, on Sunday vowed to move away from a solely military solution. Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadari told reporters: “The state is envisaging political, traditional and humanitarian solutions on the ground.” But he added Kinshasa’s response could be “military if arms are not laid down in a peaceful fashion to enable a lasting peace” in restless areas. Shadari did not give further details as...

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25 Civilians killed in DR Congo rebel attack

Some 25 civilians have been killed by Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nande ethnic group.  (AhlulBayt News Agency) – Some 25 civilians have been killed by Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nande ethnic group. Local authorities and activists say almost all of them were hacked to death with machetes; one woman was shot dead in the process. “In total, 25 people were killed, decapitated by machete, by the Mai Mai Mazembe in and around the village of Kyaghala, All of these people were Hutu civilians.” Francis Bakundakabo, the local representative of the provincial governor said . “This...

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Congo rebel revival ‘threatens elections’

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has told the United Nations that a re-emergence of the M23 rebellion in the east is endangering a deal with the opposition intended to lead to a presidential election this year. President Joseph Kabila is meant to step down after the election under the agreement, which defused unrest prompted by his failure to step down as his mandate ended in December. In a letter to the president of the UN Security Council, the Congo’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ignace Gata Mavita, detailed a series of M23 incursions that began in November and...

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Congo at crossroads as opposition chief Tshisekedi dies

  Longtime DR Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi died Wednesday at the age of 84 in Brussels, as talks aiming to end the nation’s political crisis were under way in Kinshasa. “President Tshisekedi died today… in Brussels,” Bruno Tshibala, an official from his Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) party, said of the burly figure who had remained largely out of sight in recent years due to frail health. Tshisekedi, who had only flown from Kinshasa to the capital of former colonial power Belgium on January 24, for medical treatment, died at 5:42 pm (1642 GMT), Tshibala said....

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SPOKESMAN: CONGOLESE OPPOSITION LEADER TSHISEKEDI DIES AT 84

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s opposition icon Etienne Tshisekedi, who pushed for democratic reforms for decades in the vast Central African nation throughout dictatorship and civil war, has died, his political party said late Wednesday. He was 84. His death comes at a politically fragile moment for Congo, where he was heavily involved in the deal to get President Joseph Kabila to agree to step down after months of deadly protests. The parties signed a deal that has yet to be implemented. The stalemate already had worried observers, and Tshisekedi’s death likely will compound the difficulties. Tshisekedi had been...

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