Clashes between rival parties have raised tensions ahead of Congo’s election on Sunday, greatly reducing campaigning by candidates fearful of violence and underlining the dangerous role of well-armed private armies. The run-off vote between incumbent President Joseph Kabila and Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is meant to be the final step in a drawn-out peace process to end Democratic Republic of Congo’s 1998-2003 war, which led to the deaths of more than 4 million people. Full Story
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