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Moïse Katumbi and the Congo’s race for the presidency

The influential businessman and former governor of Katanga has taken an early lead in an aggressive race, but has he made his move too early?

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Peacekeepers in Congo: Changing the Mandate

Members of the United Nations Security Council will convene this Thursday in New York to discuss the performance of MONUSCO – the peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo – and ultimately renew its mandate. With tensions rising in the central African country, it is pivotal that the peacekeepers are given a clear mandate that accounts for the latest developments and the failures of the past year.

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Get the UN out of Congo, give the money to Malawi

The UN Security Council will renew the UN mission in the strife-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, Council president Francois Delattre, France’s permanent representative to UN who holds the rotating council presidency for March, said on Tuesday.

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After UN-Kinshasa fallout, operations against FDLR begin in eastern DRC

In early January 2015 joint operations between UN combat troops and Congolese soldiers against rebels who refused to disarm in eastern DRC were announced, repeatedly, as being imminent. The Congolese army – the FARDC – and MONUSCO’s Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) shared “a high level of preparedness and team spirit,” according to MONUSCO head Martin Kobler, who described operations against the FDLR as “upcoming”.

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MONUSCO: Kobler’s likely departure signals post-FIB era for peacekeeping in Congo

As we enter another critical year for the DRC, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) is going to lose most of its political and military leadership, including its Special Representative (SRSG) Martin Kobler, its two Deputy SRSGs Abdallah Wafy and Moustapha Soumaré, and most likely its Force Commander Dos Santos Cruz.

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In defence of the African Union

It’s easy to take pot shots at the African Union – and frankly, these can be well-deserved. But it’s a mistake to write the organisation off entirely. In fact, it does plenty to justify its standing as Africa’s only continental institution. For all its faults, Africa is better with the AU than without it.

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