2011.04.08 La Presse Anglophone sur la RDC de ce Vendredi
Registration in South Kivu
We eagerly await news from the national electoral commission on changes to the electoral calendar. In particular, there are mounting rumors that the presidential and legislative elections might be held separately. Holding the presidential election first would probably give the winner of those elections an edge in the parliamentary elections, as he could use his moral and political authority to influence the polls; being in the same party as the president and having access to power and resources provided legislative candidates an aura of authority and legitimacy. In addition, knowing that Kabila, for example, has been re-elected will affect and perhaps undermine alliances within the opposition in the legislative race. [Lire la suite, http://congosiasa.blogspot.com/2011/04/registration-in-south-kivu.html]
DR Congo blocks Soco from oil search in Virunga park
The Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a bid by the UK’s Soco International to search for oil in the famous Virunga National Park, home to rare mountain gorillas. [Lire la suite, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12783233]
Can Africa avoid violence after disputed elections?
In 2011, 21 African nations will go to the polls, with the world focused on the recent independence referendum in Southern Sudan and the upcoming elections in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe. [Lire la suite, http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/04/08/africa.election.violence/index.html?iref=allsearch]
How much is Britain to blame for problems in its former colonies?
Britain is either complacent or self-lacerating in blame when it comes to its imperial legacy. As with most things, the record is mixed. [Lire la suite, http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2011/apr/08/britain-imperial-legacy-blame]
UN Security Council expresses condolences for 32 killed in Congo plane crash
Only one person survived among the 33 U.N. personnel and crew members aboard a plane that crashed in Congo on Monday, U.N. officials said. [Lire la suite, http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/un-security-council-expresses-condolences-for-32-killed-in-congo-plane-crash/2011/04/04/AF2F0BeC_story.html]