CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW: CONGO

Created: 6/8/1961

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CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW

CONGO

reportedtoteeling of parliament In Laopoldvlliethat major Congoleseare favorably disposed ln principle toward aas at tbe Coqullbatville conference.between Elisabeth-ville and Leopoldvllletbe terms under whichwould "rejoin" the Congo reportedly began la late say.

Olsenga's decisionstemmed from misgivings over bis isolation from the mainstream of events in the Congo, as well as from doubts regarding long-term prospects for his regime. Although he still claims to represent the legal Congolese government, the refusal of tha Klvu provincial assembly toote ofto his hand-pickedpresidenterious setback. In addition, Olsenga continues to have difficult; controlling his trooi

observed thai Gizenga, byparliament, probably could sow dissension ln the ranks of tbe moderates, but tbat Itoot question whether he could gain power for hisself. Glsenga'sposture, however, may be designed ln part to gain time and impress his troops with his dedicationnited Congo.

Leopoldvllle Premier lleo has advised foreign diplomats that only President Kasnvubu is empowered to call parliament Into session, and thatmust meet ln Leopoldvllle. He added that the Leopoldvllle government planned to obtain, through the UK. foreignto prepare a newbased on agreements reached at Coqullhatvlllestate federation. Ileo stated that the new constitution would be submitted to tbe populace for ratification by referendum: he added, however, that the present parliament would continue even after the adoptionewsince the country was too unsettled for new

Tho situation in Kivu Province remains unclear.to the provisionalof Adrien Omarl by local Baahl tribesmen appears to have resulted In clashes with pro-Glacnga troops ia which atashls died. Although Olaenga bas urged tbat Osari take aposition with respect to tribal grievances, several local leaders continue to be detained by Omarl.

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