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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 03:40 PM
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Rival forces battle in Congo for 2nd day
KINSHASA, Congo Battles between forces loyal to President Joseph Kabila and those of his main campaign rival raged for second day Monday, and the U.N. sent scores of peacekeepers to evacuate foreign diplomats who were trapped inside the challenger's besieged home when gunfire broke out.

The fighting in the Central African nation came after election officials announced Sunday that President Joseph Kabila had failed to win an outright majority in Congo's first balloting in more than four decades and would face former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba in a second round in October.

U.N. spokesman Jean-Tobias Okala said 150 U.N. troops in 20 armored personnel carriers were to take the foreign envoys from Bemba's home, where they were meeting the candidate when fighting erupted outside his compound. The head of the world body's 17,500-troop peacekeeping mission, William Swing, was inside, along with envoys from the United States, France, China and other countries.
Kabila won 45 percent of the 16.9 million votes cast in the July 30 balloting; Bemba had 20 percent, Electoral Commission Chairman Apollinaire Malu Malu said. The rest of the votes cast were shared among 31 other candidates. Voter turnout was about 70 percent.
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 08:17 PM
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1. This is tragic and must be halted but I love that name:
Apollinaire Malu Malu.
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-23-06 05:24 AM
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2. Update: Kinshasa calmer after peace deal
Police and peacekeepers are patrolling the streets of the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, after a deal to end factional strife.

Eight people died in gun battles that erupted on Sunday, after results from July's first round of voting emerged.

President Joseph Kabila fell short of 50% of the vote, prompting a run-off. His main rival for president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, gained about 20%.

The two signed a deal on Tuesday to withdraw forces from the city centre.
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