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Freeze on Congolese Rebel Assets Continues

WASHINGTON (CN) - President Obama has extended for one year the state of national emergency regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo, freezing the assets of individuals and organizations threatening the peace and stability of that nation.

Former President George W. Bush first declared the national emergency in October 2006, to support the newly elected government of President Joseph Kabila against armed rebel groups who rejected Kabila's election.

The national emergency has been extended every year since President Bush's declaration because armed groups in Congo and neighboring nations continue to fight and pillage in the countryside.

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