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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...

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...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
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