n African Security Review - The Democratic Republic of Congo : beyond the elections : commentaries

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The world watched and lauded the Democratic Republic of Congo's historic elections in 2006. The country has been ravaged by war, inequality, injustice, corruption, poor health, hunger and poverty and the elections were generally regarded as a step towards ending this history of suffering. Given the circumstances, the elections were a resounding success but the root causes of the conflict and neglect remain. The pervasive problems will cripple the new government if they are not immediately addressed. This commentary argues that the elections should not serve as an exit strategy and that there should be continued and increased international attention to ensure security and stability. The elections should also not be seen as the final chapter in a peace process but rather as the first step in solving the evils that plague the DRC. The elections were not the answer, but simply means to an end.


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