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Congo leader, ex-rebel chief in runoff

Congo’s president faced a former rebel chief Sunday in a runoff vote that climaxed a rough transition to democratic rule in a central African nation torn by decades of dictatorship and war. Fighting between the forces loyal to the two candidates two months ago marred the eager patriotism that for many surrounded the elections. Three days of gunbattles erupted in the capital of Kinshasa after the July 30 first round vote, killing two dozen people. Both President Joseph Kabila and ex-rebel chief Jean-Pierre Bemba have pledged to accept the results of the runoff, but many were skeptical and afraid. Full Story

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