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2006-08-22 01:10:00

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles rocked the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday after the announcement of a presidential run-off vote following July 30 elections, witnesses said. Heavy gunfire was heard near the area where U.N. and European peacekeepers on Monday rescued a group of foreign ambassadors trapped by fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival. A Reuters correspondent in Kinshasa heard both...

2006-08-21 15:56:20

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and European peacekeepers on Monday rescued a group of foreign ambassadors in Congo trapped by fierce fighting between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and supporters of an election rival. Uruguayan troops using armored vehicles and supported by Spanish legionnaires escorted the U.N. and foreign envoys from the house of Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa where they were pinned down by gunbattles. "They...

2006-08-21 07:18:45

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations called for calm in Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday after gun battles surrounding the announcement of a presidential election run-off stoked fears of a violent political showdown. Congo's election race is headed for a second round between President Joseph Kabila and former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, according to provisional results from the July 30 polls, the first free national vote for more than four decades. The...

2006-08-21 04:37:05

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese police and U.N. peacekeepers patrolled the capital Kinshasa on Monday hours after the announcement of an election run-off was overshadowed by battles between soldiers loyal to the two leading candidates. U.N. sources said five people were killed during fighting on Sunday night between soldiers loyal to President Joseph Kabila and followers of former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba as the provisional results from historic July 30 polls were...

2006-08-20 18:34:05

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila's guards fought gun battles with forces loyal to election challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, as poll results showed the two would have to enter a run-off. Kabila, with 44.81 percent, and Bemba with 20.03 percent of votes from the historic July 30 election, will face each other in a second round, elections chief Apollinaire Malu Malu said on state television. Malu Malu made his...

2006-08-20 16:56:36

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese President Joseph Kabila's guards fought gun battles with forces loyal to election challenger Jean-Pierre Bemba in the capital Kinshasa on Sunday, after poll results showed the two would have to enter a run-off. Figures in from all but one constituency in the huge Democratic Republic of Congo showed the post-war vote was headed for a runoff between Kabila and Bemba. But shooting in the tense capital, in which one person was reported...

2006-08-20 14:47:15

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Election results from all but one constituency in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday showed post-war elections were headed for a runoff, but shooting broke out in the tense capital ahead of official results. U.N. peacekeepers deployed white armored personnel carriers in central Kinshasa, where the Independent Electoral Commission was due to announce full provisional poll results later on. With ballots in from 168 of the vast country's 169...

2006-08-20 13:07:02

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Election results from all but one constituency in Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday showed the country's historic post-war elections were headed for a second round between the president and a former rebel leader. With ballots in from 168 of the vast country's 169 constituencies, President Joseph Kabila led with 44.5 percent -- under the 50 percent level needed for a first-round win. Former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba was in second place...

2006-08-18 09:57:58

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Convoys of heavily armed Congolese police patrolled the tense streets of the capital Kinshasa on Friday in a show of force two days ahead of the announcement of results from historic post-war elections. Officials said the move was meant to reassure people but the force was jeered and threatened in several poor neighborhoods of a city hostile to President Joseph Kabila, who leads former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba with results still trickling...

2006-08-13 15:59:08

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Hackles are rising in Congo's volatile capital Kinshasa as incumbent President Joseph Kabila builds a lead with results trickling in from the country's first free elections in more than four decades. Electoral officials stress drawing a trend with so few votes counted is premature but their advice is being roundly ignored as Kabila stretches his lead over former rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba, possibly heading for a win in the first round. The...