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Fear rises as Congo awaits vote result

Violence might erupt if president wins reelection

A police officer held a supporter of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi yesterday near his candidate’s base in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Partial results showed President Joseph Kabila as the winner, setting the stage for clashes. A police officer held a supporter of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi yesterday near his candidate’s base in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Partial results showed President Joseph Kabila as the winner, setting the stage for clashes. (Jerome Delay/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
By Rukmini Callimachi
Associated Press / December 9, 2011
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After days of tension in Congo’s capital as the nation awaits election results, traffic began to flow once more, women selling cassava leaves took up their usual positions on the sides of roads and a few international airlines allowed their planes to resume flights to Kinshasa yesterday. But anxiety remained high that the Central African nation stretching over a territory as large as Western Europe would descend into violence, with supporters of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi vowing to take to the streets if President Joseph Kabila is declared the winner.

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