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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...

2006-08-13 13:31:37

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...

2006-08-04 10:35:08

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Far from unifying the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo, Sunday's historic elections have highlighted the deep division between the east and west of the vast former Belgian colony. The July 30th polls were meant to heal wounds after a brutal 1998-2003 war which tore apart Congo's aging infrastructure and killed four million people, mostly from hunger and disease. Results are still weeks away but indicators point to a landslide victory for...

2006-08-04 09:00:15

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - Accusations of foreign meddling in Democratic Republic of Congo's elections mounted on Friday after another candidate warned the international community not to intervene to keep President Joseph Kabila in power. With over two weeks still to go until the deadline for the announcement of results from Sunday's election, the capital of the former Belgian colony was awash with rumors of vote-rigging by Kabila's supporters. With heavily-armed United...

2006-08-03 07:12:25

By Daniel Flynn KINSHASA (Reuters) - A Harvard-educated doctor who lived most of the last 20 years in the United States is emerging as a potential kingmaker in Democratic Republic of Congo -- perhaps spelling trouble for President Joseph Kabila. Oscar Kashala, a Massachusetts cancer specialist, came from political obscurity this year to challenge for the presidency of the vast central African country in last Sunday's elections. Early returns from Congo's first multiparty vote in more...

2006-07-30 16:56:00

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese voted enthusiastically in their first free elections in over 40 years on Sunday, hoping to end years of war, corruption and chaos that have brought the mineral-rich African giant to its knees. U.N. officials and foreign observers said turnout was high and voting was mostly orderly and peaceful at the landmark polls, aimed at turning the page on a 1998-2003 war that sucked in six neighboring states and killed 4 million people....

2006-07-30 05:26:10

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese turned out enthusiastically to vote in their first free elections in 40 years on Sunday, protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force and hoping to end years of war and chaos. From Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital Kinshasa to the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, they flocked to cast their ballots under the watchful eye of U.N. blue helmets. "I came...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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