By David Lewis and Jonny Hogg
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in parts of Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday as diplomats scrambled to defuse tensions ahead of the country’s full election results.
Police fired tear gas at opposition supporters in Kinshasa, and gunfire rang out in a city in West Kasai province, an opposition stronghold, after the government shut down a television and radio broadcaster.
The U.N. mission in Congo led a delegation of diplomats to meet with incumbent President Joseph Kabila and his main rival, Etienne Tshisekedi, to ease tensions stretched by allegations the November 28 poll was mismanaged and fraudulent.
Partial preliminary results released so far – representing about half the ballots cast – show Kabila with a sizeable lead over Tshisekedi, but the opposition has said they would reject the outcome. Full preliminary results are due on Tuesday. Read more…