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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
In pictures: DR Congo poll

Election rally in DR Congo

Campaigning has started in what should be the first democratic elections in 45 years in Democratic Republic of Congo, due on 30 July...

UN truck in front of Kabila poster

President Joseph Kabila has the biggest posters and is the favourite to win. Some 17,000 UN peacekeepers have been deployed after five years of war.

Woman in front of Jean-Pierre Bemba poster

Jean-Pierre Bemba is one of three former rebel leaders and vice-presidents who are standing...

arrest of protester

Some of these have ended in violence - with police attacking protesters with batons and firing tear gas.

Anti-election protesters

... But 19 of the 33 candidates are boycotting the campaign and organising protest marches. They say that despite UN involvement, the elections will not be free and fair.

Street sweeper in front of posters

But posters designers, bill-stickers and T-shirt makers are doing a brisk trade. Afterwards, street sweepers will no doubt be left to clear up...

Kinshasa market

... While whoever wins the elections will start the enormous task of rebuilding the country.


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