Bemba troops start to leave DRC capital

Around 50 troops loyal to Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) started to withdraw from Kinshasa, the capital of DRC, the UN peacekeeping mission MONUC confirmed the news on Thursday.

A total of 49 troops, stationed in downtown Kinshasa began to leave for a military base in the town of Maluku, 80 kms east of the capital by taking three trucks and a jeep on Thursday morning, according to sources from MONUC.

The supreme court of the DRC held a hearing on Bemba's allegations of fraud in the presidential elections on Tuesday, which had to be delayed due to the unrest outside the court, where Bemba's troops exchanged a short round of fire with riot police as they dispersed Bemba supporters.

Late on Wednesday, President elect Joseph Kabila ordered the troops out of Kinshasa within 48 hours.

The DRC's electoral commission declared on Nov. 15 that the incumbent President Joseph Kabila had won a presidential run-off by nearly 42 percent against Vice President and former rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba.

Bemba refused to accept the result and pledged to fight through "all legal means."

The historic Oct. 29 voting was the first multi-party election in the strife-ridden county in more than 40 years.

Source: Xinhua



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