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2006-07-29 23:21:20

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Polling stations opened in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday as the central African country held its first free multi-party elections in 40 years. Polling started first in the east of the vast former Belgian colony due to a one-hour time difference with the west where the capital Kinshasa is situated.

2006-07-29 17:08:52

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese will vote on Sunday in historic elections aimed at ending years of war and chaos in the heart of Africa and protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force. From the crumbling capital Kinshasa through the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, Congolese will participate in their first free elections in more than 40 years. Schools, churches and tents in Democratic Republic of...

2006-07-29 13:33:03

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - World leaders urged the people of Congo on Saturday to shun violence and embrace democracy by voting peacefully in the country's first free multi-party elections in 40 years. Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections are the culmination of a peace process that followed a devastating 1998-2003 war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The international community has thrown its weight behind the polls in the vast, mineral-rich former...

2006-07-29 11:29:05

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - World leaders urged the people of Congo on Saturday to shun violence and embrace democracy by voting peacefully in the country's first free multi-party elections in 40 years this weekend. The international community has thrown its weight behind Sunday's polls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stumping up the $460 million needed to hold them and deploying the largest United Nations peacekeeping operation on the planet. The presidential and...

2006-07-29 04:45:22

KINSHASA (Reuters) - A drone flying over Kinshasa as part of EU efforts to keep Congo's historic elections safe has crashed, setting a house on fire and injuring five people, European military sources said. It was a setback for the European Union military force, EUFOR, that was deployed in the central African state with great fanfare to protect civilians during Sunday's vote. The unmanned Belgian craft was flying its first reconnaissance mission over the capital when it crashed into...

2006-07-28 15:03:08

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - President Joseph Kabila told thousands of cheering supporters on Friday to vote for a new era of peace and development in war-scarred Congo by backing him in Sunday's historic elections. At a final campaign rally, he claimed credit for leading the Democratic Republic of Congo to its first free multi-party elections after four decades of war, dictatorship and chaos. Kabila, who took over the presidency of former Zaire when his father Laurent...

2006-07-28 09:35:26

By Pascal Fletcher KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo is ready to hold its first multi-party elections in 40 years despite violence during campaigning in Kinshasa which killed at least six people, the United Nations said on Friday. "We're ready for elections on Sunday," Deputy U.N. Special Representative for Congo Ross Mountain said a day after supporters of one presidential candidate torched buildings and attacked police and journalists in the riverside capital....

2006-07-27 07:20:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - They can leap out of helicopters, rescue hostages and they are armed to the teeth -- but few people in Congo understand what exactly a European military force is doing here, and many are suspicious. Some 1,000 European Union soldiers have been sent to Democratic Republic of Congo to help provide security for Sunday's elections, the first multi-party polls in four decades in a vast country laid to waste by war, anarchy and corruption. The EU soldiers will...

2006-07-25 07:29:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police fired warning shots on Tuesday to disperse rioting opposition protesters in Kinshasa who tore down election posters and demanded the postponement of historic polls set for Sunday. The several hundred demonstrators, who want Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party polls in 40 years to be delayed because of political tensions and accusations of flaws, threw rocks and petrol bombs, blocking a highway into the city. Plain...

2006-07-25 05:59:27

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese opposition protesters rampaged down a main highway into Kinshasa on Tuesday, tearing down election posters and demanding the postponement of historic polls scheduled for Sunday. The several hundred demonstrators, who want Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party polls in 40 years to be delayed because of tensions and alleged flaws, clashed with riot police who beat them with batons while market women scattered. The clashes followed complaints...


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