Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo used tear gas on Monday to disperse hundreds of opposition supporters protesting outside the electoral commission against alleged irregularities in voter registration.
The clashes, confirmed by demonstrators and the police, were the first signs of tension in the capital Kinshasa as the vast central African country geared up for its second post-war poll.
President Joseph Kabila is favourite to be re-elected in the November vote, but he is becoming increasingly unpopular because of his failure to tackle corruption and bring peace to the east.
Congo’s vast mineral wealth is attracting growing investor interest, but most Congolese live in abject poverty.
A car was burned and several people were arrested after leaders of the UDPS, one of the main opposition parties, were stopped from delivering a memorandum to the electoral commission listing their concerns, a
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