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Transitional government named in DR Congo in key step to end war

President Joseph Kabila named a transitional government in the Democratic Republic of Congo to lead the country out of a civil war that has killed millions, urging citizens to put aside tribal and ethnic differences and unite the vast nation. “With the formation of the transitional administration, the war which still shrouds several parts of the nation… has lost its purpose, as all pretexts put forward to justify it are void,” Kabila said in an address to the nation, on the 43rd anniversary of its independence from Belgium. Kabila spoke a few minutes before a decree was read on state television announcing the new government, which comprises 36 ministers and 25 deputy ministers. The final obstacle to nominating the interim administration, which is to take the mineral-rich but impoverished nation to democratic elections in two years, was removed on Sunday when the former warring parties resolved the issue of control of the army. Full Story

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