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Situation Report: The Democratic Republic of Congo on the Eve of the Second Round of Elections, Henri Boshoff
26 October 2006

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) peace process is in the final stage of its movement toward a new political dispensation, following the historic inauguration of the parliament on 22 September. The second round of presidential elections (set for 29 October) is already in sight, marking the final stage of a peace process that began in Pretoria, South Africa, on 17 December 2002. The Congolese are appealing for a peaceful campaign by the two presidential candidates ahead of the second round. Incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, faces Jean-Pierre Bemba in the run-off vote of the presidential election after they both failed to garner enough votes to beat a 50% + 1 constitutional requirement for one of them to be declared the outright winner. Kabila won 44.81% of the first round, while Bemba managed 20.03%.

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