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Pockets of violence mar Congo election campaign, threaten vote

Pockets of violence mar Congo election campaign, threaten vote

TWO candidates running for parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo's December 20 general election were killed in separate incidents, as a rights group warned in a report that electoral violence risks undermining the vote. A candidate for the ruling coalition in the South Kivu province in the eastern Congo region was killed by unknown gunmen while he was returning from a campaign event on Friday evening, a regional government official told Reuters. Another ruling coalition candidate in Beni, in the North Kivu province, also in eastern Congo, died from gunshot wounds late on Friday night after his campaign convoy was ambushed,…
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