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Vol 45 No 7

Published 2nd April 2004


Congo-Kinshasa

To plot or not

Politicians in the power-sharing government fall out over coup allegations

Facts are sacred and thin on the ground for Congolese struggling to make sense of what lay behind three hours of shooting in Kinshasa in the early hours of last Sunday. Whatever the truth about the gunfire - claimed to be a coup plot by allies of President Joseph Kabila - the incidents have further wobbled the transitional government, already shaken by rows over nominating new provincial governors and control of the new national army.

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