February 19, 2006

HELPS TO HAVE THEM MORE THAN VERY 40 YEARS:

Congo Adopts New Constitution, But Polls Look Delayed (David Lewis, 18 February 2006, VOA News)

Diplomats said that it was another step in the right direction for the vast African country which is struggling to recover from a five year war that has killed four million people.

The new constitution will bring in leaders due to be elected in polls later this year that are considered the cornerstone for peace deals that ended Congo's last conflict.

The last time Congo had a new constitution was in 1967, when Mobutu Sese Seko took power and went on to rule for decades, crippling the mineral-rich giant at the heart of Africa.

However, Congo's conflict is believed to be the most deadly since the Second World War and the international community has invested billions there, not only in U.N. peacekeepers but also the process of organizing elections.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 5:00 PM
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