The Observers

Falsified election cards in DR Congo, fed up Moroccans and angry hockey fans in Vancouver

This week our Observers tell us about minors being given election cards in DR Congo, how King Mohammed VI’s constitutional reforms stand up to Moroccans’ demands for change, and how Canadian hockey fans don’t like to lose.


STORY 1 : RD Congo

We begin today in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country's gearing up for only its second national election since emerging from years of war in 2003. Organizing this election is a huge logistical challenge. With just five months to go, officials still have to register several million voters. The opposition worries there isn’t enough time to check the new registrations, and sys it could lead to widespread voter fraud.

We head to Katanga province, in the south. With our Observer, who uses the pseudonym Philippe.


Now to the uprisings that are transforming the Arab world - or at least parts of it. In Morocco, the protests that started on February 20th have been known as the Quiet Revolution. They've faced much less repression than in other countries, although that's started to change in recent weeks. Now, the King has agreed to consider giving more of his power to the elected parliament. He's asking the people what they want - in a referendum.

We head to Rabat, the capital. With our Observer, a student who's a member of the February 20th Movement.


We finish this week in Vancouver, Canada. It's a beautiful, clean-living city, with parks full of joggers and smiling families. So when drunken hockey fans went on a rampage after losing the Stanley Cup, the locals were not pleased.

Vancouver is our last stop. With our observer Chris Walts.


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