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Kabila named winner of DR Congo's first multi-party vote

Published 16/11/2006

Joseph Kabila has retained the presidency in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being declared winner of the country's first multi-party election in more than 40 years.

The Electoral Commission says Kabila won around 58% of the run-off vote, compared to almost 42% for ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba.

International observers say the October 29th ballot was largely free and fair, but Bemba supporters have claimed widespread fraud.

On Saturday, his fighters battle police and troops loyal to Kabila for several hours in the capital, Kinshasa, leaving three civilians and one soldier dead.

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