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Africa's Bloodiest War Nears End

The leaders of the main rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been sworn in as vice-presidents in a new power-sharing government aimed at ending nearly five years of war. The transitional administration composed of once bitterest enemies should pave the way for the country’s first democratic elections in two years’ time, if all goes according to plan. Traditional drums and dancers welcomed hundreds of guests to the landmark ceremony at the vast Palais de Peuple in the heart of the capital, Kinshasa. The five-war has been described as the worst conflict since World War II involving tens of thousands of foreign troops and resulting in the estimated deaths of at least two million people. Residents in Kinshasa have mixed feelings about the deal, with one woman telling the BBC: “Most of the time we see politicians take decisions today, then tomorrow they change.” Full Story

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