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12.02.2006

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"DR Congo - Is it a Miracle?"

I am somewhat less optimistic than Mark Doyle. If Bemba does continue to accept the election results, it's likely because Kabila has offered him a job as a government minister or some other position that will give Bemba access to state resources he can use to maintain his patron-client network. How sad that the positive option here involves continued corruption. It's better than all-out war, but Congo won't develop until the massive culture of corruption ends. The only way that will happen is for a system of taxation to develop and work, and for other economic development to take place such that there are actually jobs for the millions of unemployed and underemployed Congolese.

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