Friday, November 17, 2006

Calls for peace in Congo

Congo-Kinshasa (MNN)--The loser in Congo's landmark presidential elections, Jean-Pierre Bemba, rejected the results this week, vowing he would contest them.

Meanwhile, the incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, is trying to unite fractured parties to begin repairs to the infrastructure.

It's a move that will be the hallmark of what kind of administration Kabila wants to run. The infrastructure eroded under Mobutu Sese Seko's regime until electricity, communications, hospitals, schools and decent roads were regarded as luxuries.

Wages for state workers have gone unpaid for months, sometimes stretching out into years. That includes teachers, which, in turn, has seen a severe decline of education.

Although Kabila has already been in power for six years and not fixed these problems, the people are hopeful. Peace has been a newcomer to the region, and while it isn't absolute, it's not a full-blown civil war anymore.

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Articles - Mission Network News

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