Francophone group sends observers to Congo

25th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

KINSHASA, July 24, 2006 (AFP) - An international organization grouping French-speaking countries said Monday it was sending an observer team to help monitor elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) next weekend.

KINSHASA, July 24, 2006 (AFP) - An international organization grouping French-speaking countries said Monday it was sending an observer team to help monitor elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) next weekend.

The International Francophone Organization mission will be led by Mali's former foreign minister Tiebile Drame and includes about 30 people from a dozen member states, including lawmakers, legal experts, academics and members of other electoral commissions, it said in a statement.

The 53-nation organization includes France, Belgium, Canada and many African states including the DRC.

Its observers will lend their numbers to other international missions monitoring the parliamentary and presidential polls on July 30, the first multi-party vote to take place in the vast central African nation in more than 40 years.

The first Francophone group observers arrived in the DRC capital Kinshasa on Saturday and the team will stay in the country until early August, it said.

Some 40,000 domestic observers and nearly 1,500 international observers are expected to help monitor the vote in the DRC, which covers an area roughly the size of western Europe.

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