The Congo's Best Chance

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 08/23/2006 12:00 am EDT

As soon as the election results were announced in Kinshasa on Sunday and it became clear that President Joseph Kabila had won less than half the votes in the first round, the shooting started. Army troops loyal to Kabila showed up outside the compound of the main challenger, Jean-Pierre Bemba, his guards opened fire (or returned it, depending on whom you believe)–and the United Nations had to send in 20 armoured personnel carriers to extract the American, French, Chinese and other foreign diplomats who had been meeting with Bemba.

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