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Weekly Briefings

2 – 15 February 2017

As a consequence of funding constraints affecting the Weekly Briefing, IPIS is currently reconsidering the publication of this weekly news digest.  We are currently exploring options for securing the full continued provision of this service. Our surveys indicate that the briefing has proved itself a valuable resource for a wide spectrum of researchers, policy makers, […]

19 January – 1 February 2017

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, fears continue to grow about the alleged reappearance of ex-M23 rebels in the eastern part of the country. The DRC again witnessed a lot of armed group activity over the past weeks. […]

5 – 18 January 2017

Congolese authorities are concerned about rumours that hundreds of ex-M23 elements came from Uganda to resettle in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, negotiations continued between the Alliance of the Presidential Majority and the Rassemblement about what the Congolese government should look like. […]

22 December 2016 – 4 January 2017

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, government, opposition and civil society parties resumed negotiations under mediation of the Catholic Church (CENCO) to assuage the country’s political crisis. Over the past few weeks, dozens of people were killed and several hundreds arrested during protests. […]

15 – 21 December 2016

On Monday, December 19, President Joseph Kabila’s second term ended in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Earlier mediation efforts by the Catholic Church (CENCO) between ruling and opposition parties did not yield any results, meaning Kabila remains in power. […]

8 – 14 December 2016

On Thursday, December 8, the Catholic Church (CENCO) initiated a new attempt at mediating a national dialogue between presidential majority and opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On Tuesday, December 13, about a dozen youth activists were arrested during the negotiations in Kinshasa, according to Human Rights Watch. […]

1 – 7 December 2016

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the alliance behind current President, Joseph Kabila, left the mediation efforts by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) between the alliance and the opposition coalition “Rassemblement”. […]

24 – 30 November 2016

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, political tensions persist. The term of current President Joseph Kabila will come to an end on December 19. With the elections being postponed, Kabila will stay in power beyond his term. […]

17 – 23 November 2016

On Thursday, November 17, Samy Badibanga was appointed as the new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opposition platform “Rassemblement” called for nationwide demonstrations on Saturday, asking President Joseph Kabila to respect the end of his term. […]