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EU flies reinforcements into DR Congo

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EU flies reinforcements into DR Congo


The EU is to send more peacekeepers to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help implement a UN-brokered ceasefire in the turbulent country. Violence broke out at the weekend after the first round of the country’s Presidential election ended in stalemate, and plans had to be announced for a run-off. Supporters of the two main candidates have clashed repeatedly in the streets of the capital, Kinshasa. The historic election was the first democratic poll in the former Belgian colony after more than 40 years of political strife. At least five people have died in the fighting and many more have been injured.

Joseph Kabila polled more votes than his closest rival, Jean Pierre Bemba. The two men will go head to head in the second round on October the 29th. The election was meant to draw a line under a decade of conflict in the fledgling democracy, formerly known as Zaire.

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