Congo Watch: DR Congo backs new constitution

Thursday, January 12, 2006

DR Congo backs new constitution

The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved a new constitution which paves the way for historic presidential and parliamentary elections in March.

According to official results from the 18 December referendum, released on Wednesday, 84.31% voted in favour of the constitution to 15.69% against.

The new charter allows greater autonomy for some of the huge country's mineral-rich regions.

DR Congo's people voted for the constitution in December.

Full report BBC 12 January 2006.

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