n African Renaissance - Can the ballot prevail over the bullet? The troublesome transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The Democratic Republic of Congo has witnessed nearly 10 years of intense and brutal civil war, engulfing an entire region in the throes of violence and instability. Efforts to resolve the conflict led to the signing of the Final Act and the coming into force of the Global and Inclusive Agreement. Regrettably the advent of peace was not enthusiastically received by all parties involved. Both 2004 and 2005 proved to be an equally trying period for the peace process. Two successive coup attempts in the capital Kinshasa and the fall of Bukavu to renegade troops had left most observers feeling that the transition was rapidly imploding (Wolters 2004:13). Realistically the construction of a new era of peace in a region wracked by years of brutal civil war and regional tensions was not going to be an easy task. This article will assess the transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo and whether the peace process will prevail amidst the continued violence and instability that continues to plague large swathes of the embattled country.

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