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Fears of violence cast DRC poll cloud

2011-11-21 22:25

Kinshasa - DR Congo's presidential election is only a week away and already there are signs the vote could be chaotic.

One leading opposition candidate has proclaimed himself president, and a government spokesperson has said those comments could be treason.

Police have fired live bullets into the air at protests. And rebels in the country's violence-wracked east have been burning voter cards to keep people from going to the polls.

The outcome of the November 28 presidential election is almost certain to keep President Joseph Kabila in power since there is only one round and 11 candidates.

Western nations have spent billions of dollars trying to stabilise this vast mineral-rich nation that suffered decades of dictatorship and civil war.