Tuesday, February 28, 2012

U.S. in Congo: Kabila's still their man

Congolese Police rounded up young men near opposition candidate
Étienne Tshisekedi's party headquarters on December 12, 2011,
two weeks after the polls.

The United States gives more money than any single nation to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, almost a billion dollars this year, primarily in military and security aid. Last fall, just before the October 28th election, the U.S. Embassy in the country's capital, Kinshasa, announced a $500,000 contribution of police equipment. On Thursday, the Carter Center, which monitored the election, released its second report on the election, which said that it had not established the legitimate authority of incumbent President Joseph Kabila and his party majority, both of which claimed victory

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