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Rebel rows, political disputes threaten Congo poll

AFRICA: Foreign diplomats are battling to keep Congo’s elections on track as former rebels threaten to pull out and boycott parliament, and participation by the leading political opposition hangs in the balance. With long awaited polls tentatively scheduled for June 18, belligerent factions are fragmenting and politicians and rebels are negotiating alliances behind the scenes. The biggest U.N. peacekeeping force is trying to restore order and the European Union is considering sending troops. But fears are growing that President Joseph Kabila’s dominance of the political apparatus could hand him a simple victory — upsetting his opponents, including those with guns. Full Story

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