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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-03-11 09:25 PM
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Congo election: Joseph Kabila leads in early results
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Source: AP

Congo's president, seeking a second term in a nation reeling from poverty, was leading in early results but his opponents insisted he step aside and accused him of trying to engineer "carnage."

Joseph Kabila had 50.3% of the vote in early results from an election marred by technical problems and accusations of favouritism. Analysts had predicted he would win because the opposition candidates are likely to split the vote.

In a show of unity, the 10 opposition parties held a press conference and accused Kabila of attempting to engineer a situation like Kenya, Zimbabwe or the Ivory Coast, all countries where rulers used the army to try to silence dissent and cling to power after losing at the polls.

"I think that Joseph Kabila could go down in history ... if he were to say 'I'm a good sport and I lost,'" said opposition candidate Vital Kamerhe, a former speaker of Parliament. "He is preparing carnage."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/dec/04/congo-elect...
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