Sunday, November 12, 2006

Clashes in Congo Capital of Kinshasa

Heavy gunfire and loud blasts rang out in the Congo capital of Kinshasa on Saturday in new clashes between fighters loyal to the contenders in historic elections meant to end a decade of war.

Soldiers allied to Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, a former rebel chief, said they were fighting police and the Republican Guard loyal to President Joseph Kabila, whom Bemba challenged in an October 29 presidential run-off vote.

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  1. Joseph Kabila has appealed for calm in the Democratic Republic of Congo after he was declared the winner of the presidential run-off election there.

    The country's electoral commission announced Mr Kabila won 58.05% of the vote, ahead of ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba who got 41.9%.

    A member of Mr Bemba's camp has vowed to challenge the vote by all means.

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