Sunday, August 20, 2006

Congo leader faces ex-rebel in presidential runoff

Congo President Joseph Kabila will face ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba after failing to win a majority of votes, election officials said Sunday.

Kabila took 45 percent of the votes compared to Bemba's 20 percent in the July 30 poll.

Anti riot policemen charge during an anti-election rally in Kinshasa, July 2006. Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba face a second round run-off in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election after neither candidate won an outright majority, the independent electoral commission (CEI) said.(AFP/File/Gianluigi Guercia)
Riot policemen charge during an anti-election rally in Kinshasa, July 2006. Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba will face each other in a run-off in the Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential election after neither candidate won an outright majority. AFP/File/Gianluigi Guercia photo via Yahoo News.

The runoff will likely take place in late October after the Supreme Court certifies the vote count.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose 17,500 peacekeeping troops are helping oversee the voting process, hailed the elections as "a historic milestone in the peace process in the country."


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