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Governor Bill Richardson Travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo this Week at NDI's Invitation


WASHINGTON, DC – Bill Richardson, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of New Mexico, will travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week at the invitation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).

Richardson’s trip comes in advance of elections scheduled for Nov. 28, which will be the second polls since the end of the Congolese civil war in 2002.

With NDI’s Senior Associate for Africa, Chris Fomunyoh, and DRC Country Director Anita Vandenbeld, Richardson will meet with Congolese political leaders to discuss plans for preventing election-related violence, assuring transparency in the election process and continuing democratic dialogue after the election.  Richardson will also meet with members of the diplomatic community, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and Congolese civil society leaders to discuss the security situation in eastern DRC.

NDI has been working with all major Congolese political parties to foster interparty dialogue and support their peaceful competition in elections.   

The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan nongovernmental organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. More information is available at

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