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DRC elections: Kinshasa waits

Tensions mount in the capital as Congolese, fearful of possible violence, await results of country's presidential vote.

Last Modified: 08 Dec 2011 11:19
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Tensions are high in the capital, shops are closed and streets are deserted in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as the city waits nervously for the release of the results of the hotly contested presidential elections.

Fearful of possible violence, many residents have chosen to remain at home, or within their immediate neighbourhoods, bringing the city to a virtual standstill. UN and diplomatic staff from a number of embassies have been urged to be prudent with travel around the city during the day and vehemently urged to remain indoors at night.

But while the central business district has shut down, as fears grow of clashes following the release of election results, the city remains alive at the edges.

This is, after all, one of the most populous cities in the world, and despite the lockdown, with riot police, republican guard forces and soldiers present at various locations across the city, Kinshasa continues to breath, albeit with apprehension.

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