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Candidates’ Supporters Fight in Congo
Cat : Democracy & H-Rights
Date : 2006-11-12 12:45:06                      Reader : 339
forced imported democracy . UN should intervene to protect lives and stop civil war by all means.
Fifty million die every year of hunger and diseases is not enough for Africa ?! Africans should be supported in field of starvation and sickness to promote standard of living for democracy to work.


NYT 12/11/2006

Candidates’ Supporters Fight in Congo


KINSHASA, Congo, Nov. 11 (Reuters) — Heavy gunfire and blasts rang out here in the capital of Congo on Saturday in new clashes between supporters of the presidential candidates, and the government threatened to send in the army.

“If this continues, the army will have to intervene to restore order,” Interior Minister Denis Kalume Numbi said.

An official, Col. Dominique Mandjenga, said that two civilians had been killed by stray bullets, according to Agence France-Presse.

Full results have not come in for the election, a runoff on Oct. 29 between Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba and President Joseph Kabila. Partial results show Mr. Kabila with about 60 percent of the vote.

Mr. Bemba’s camp has alleged there was systematic cheating, and on Saturday said it had detected fraud affecting one million votes.

Shooting started at midmorning around Mr. Bemba’s office on Kinshasa’s main boulevard, where his supporters have staged several small demonstrations in recent days.

“The police were trying to disperse the youths, and when they did they found armed men behind them,” Mr. Numbi said. “We are calling on the vice president to restore order, or we will send in the security forces.”

The United Nations sent extra armored vehicles to the area and European Union helicopters flew overhead, Agence France-Presse reported. Some civilians ran away, while hundreds of Mr. Bemba’s soldiers took up positions in ditches on each side of the boulevard.

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