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Kabila declared winner of Congo presidential election

International observers view vote as flawed

A Congolese man stared at riot police in the pro-Tshisekedi Matete commune in Kinshasa, Congo, after incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared winner of the presidential race. A Congolese man stared at riot police in the pro-Tshisekedi Matete commune in Kinshasa, Congo, after incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared winner of the presidential race. (Jerome Daly/Associated Press)
By Adam Nossiter
New York Times / December 10, 2011
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Columns of black smoke from burning tires rose over parts of this dilapidated capital yesterday as Joseph Kabila, the incumbent president, was declared official winner of the Congo’s troubled election, defeating his nearest rival by more than 15 percentage points in an outcome many here feared would stoke new spasms of political violence. The vote was considered flawed, perhaps severely, by international observers, and Kabila is not popular in Kinshasa, a city of nearly 10 million where he lost the vote.

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