Swedish election observers to Democratic Republic of the Congo
The referendum is part of the process that will give the Democratic Republic of the Congo a popularly elected government for the first time in the country's history. Both parliamentary and presidential elections will be held during the spring of 2006.
"It is of the utmost importance that the referendum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is free and fair. By sending an election observer Sweden can contribute to a transparent election process that we hope will strengthen democracy in the country," says Minister for International Development Cooperation Carin Jämtin.
Sweden's development cooperation with the Democratic Republic of the Congo amounts to between SEK 40 million and SEK 50 million a year. In addition, Sweden contributes SEK 110 million in humanitarian aid via the UN system and support to NGOs active in the country.
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