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Rebels Raise DR Congo Flag

The national flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been raised in the eastern rebel stronghold of Goma, in the latest sign that the five-year war is coming to an end. An agreement has also been reached on the oath of allegiance for ministers in the new power-sharing government. “It is certainly a sign that the war is over,” said Adolphe Onusumba, the former leader of the Rwanda-backed Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD), based in Goma. Last week, four new vice presidents, including two rebel leaders, were inaugurated in the capital, Kinshasa. However, the next day RCD ministers refused to swear an oath of allegiance to President Joseph Kabila, who remains head of the new government. Full Story

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