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Three Killed In Protests Against Election Chief Nomination In DRC

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DRC: Three Killed In Protests Against Election Chief Nomination

At least three persons have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as protests in several cities against the nomination of an election commission head turned violent.

On Thursday, police in DRC have fired tear gas to break up demonstrations in major cities triggered by plans to name a new head to the country’s election panel.

Thousands of supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi and democracy campaigners rallied through the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, as well as Lubumbashi, Goma and several smaller towns.

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The demonstrations were sparked by a decision by the National Assembly, which is dominated by supporters of former President Joseph Kabila, to appoint Ronsard Malonda as the chairman of the independent national electoral commission, CENI.

The United Nations Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) said it was “concerned about the use of lethal force by law enforcement” which led to the death of two protesters – one in Kinshasa and one in Lubumbashi, and the wounding of others.

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According to AFP three protesters suffered gunshot wounds in Kananga, a stronghold for Tshisekedi’s Union for Democracy and Progress (UDPS).

A police officer also died during the clashes in Kinshasa while public and private property – including political parties’ offices – had been attacked and set ablaze, it added.

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The coalition government, an awkward alliance formed after the 2018 election between Tshisekedi, Kabila and several smaller parties, has shown increasing signs of disharmony in recent months.

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Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

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