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Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

Volume 685: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo after the elections this summer.[HL7540]

Over 17 million Congolese participated in multiparty polls for the first time in over 40 years on 30 July. Despite the unacceptable violence that followed the announcement of results on 20 August, the Congolese, with international support, continue to work towards a second round on 29 October. The political situation remains tense and parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo remain insecure. We look forward to continuing our work on these and other key issues—notably poverty reduction, good governance, security sector reform and improving human rights—with a new, credibly elected Government.