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Post-election violence grips Congo

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 01:07

Dec. 10 - Clashes erupt across the country as opposition supporters take to the streets following a disputed presidential poll won by incumbent Joseph Kabila. Andrew Raven reports.

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Police and protesters clash in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fighting like this broke out across the central African country on Saturday - one day after incumbent Joseph Kabila was named the winner of a disputed presidential election. Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi rejected the results, claiming they were rigged, and declared himself the country's ruler. That has driven his supporters onto the streets to protest. (SOUNDBITE) (Lingala) UNNAMED KINSHASA RESIDENT "This election doesn't convince us. We have been decieved, the people have really been decieved, and we are not happy." The Nov. 28 presidential election was supposed to usher in a new era for the Congo, which suffered through a devastating civil war that ended in 2003, leaving 5 million dead. But analysts say the political deadlock bodes ill for the future of this vast central African state. Andrew Raven, Reuters

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Post-election violence grips Congo

Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 01:07