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Voting in DR Congo goes to run-off

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Voting in DR Congo goes to run-off


There will be a second round of voting in the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The incumbent, Joseph Kabila, took just under 45 percent of the vote, but that wasn’t enough to avoid a run-off. His closest rival, Jean-Pierre Bemba, won just over twenty percent of the vote. The pair will now face each other in the second round, which has been provisionally set for the end of October. Its the first democratic poll to be held in the country since it gained independence in 1960 and is meant to bring an end to the transition process established after recent years of unrest.

At least three people died when rioting broke out between rival camps supporting the main candidates. The security forces and UN peacekeepers in the country are on alert in case of further unrest. The first round of the ballot, involving 25 million voters, was the most expensive poll the UN had ever run.

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