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07 Jun 2005 description

SANF 05 no 51

by Juakali Kambale

The Democratic Republic of Congo is in the process of developing a new constitution, which should pave the way for general elections scheduled for later this year.

The draft constitution was adopted by parliament in May, but before entering into force, the new constitution has to be submitted to a referendum.

Analysts say the draft constitution is the most liberal the country has ever had. According to the new constitution the president can be elected for a maximum of two five-year terms.

14 Apr 2005 description

The agreement between Angola and Zambia to reconstruct the life-line Benguela railway is the latest example of practical commitment to regional integration in southern Africa and economic development on the continent.

The US$60 million project to rebuild the Benguela rail line is a direct dividend of the peace process that ended a protracted civil war that, for 27 years, tore apart and slowed down Angola's otherwise vibrant economy.