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ELECTION: Polls have opened in the Democratic Republic of Congo

POLLING STATIONS have today (Nov 28) opened in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following a weekend of violent clashes in the African country.

At least three people are said to have been killed on Saturday (Nov 26) in the capital Kinshasa when members from opposing political camps clashed during a campaign rally in the run up to the country's second general democratic elections since the war ended in 2003.

Incumbent President Joseph Kabila, who came to power in 2001 following the assassination of his father President Laurent Kabila, is running against 10 other presidential candidates, while more than 18,500 candidates are vying for 500 parliamentary seats.

The last conflict in the mineral-rich nation officially ended in 2003 and is said to have claimed the lives of over five million people, while the situation in the eastern parts of the country remains plagued by instability.

A reported 30 million people are registered to vote and provisional results are expected on December 6.

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