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EU To Send Observers To DR Congo Elections

The European Union will send an election observation mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on November 28.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Tuesday that the mission, to be led by European Parliament Member Mariya Nedelcheva, will be deployed six to eight weeks before the polls.

She added that the mission is being sent at the invitation of the Government of the DR Congo.

This decision forms part of the European Union's continuing political support for the democratic process and comes on top of financial support amounting to 47.5 million euros for the elections, Ashton said in a statement.

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