Friday 24 November 2017

Congo fears violence as rival rejects Kabila

Mike Pflanz in Kinshasa

THE leading opposition candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo's election declared himself the winner last night after rejecting official results that handed victory to President Joseph Kabila.

Etienne Tshisekedi's an-nouncement that he was the rightful winner of the poll raised fears that his supporters would launch violent protests.

Gunshots rang out in the capital, Kinshasa's, eastern neighbourhood of Limete, where Mr Tshisekedi has his party headquarters, and in the central neighbourhood of Bandale, where protesters set tyres on fire and threw stones at police.

Smoke rose over parts of mostly pro-opposition Kinshasa, where riot police had been deployed in advance as worries mounted that a post-election dispute could renew conflict in the country. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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