Democratic Republic of Congo security forces have killed more than 24 people and arbitrarily detained dozens more since President Joseph Kabila was announced the winner of the disputed president elections on December 9, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.
The United States called the recent presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo "seriously flawed" but said it was unclear whether the irregularities were enough to change the outcome of the election in the central African country.
Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo head to the polls on November 28 to pick a president and parliament in the mineral-rich central African nation. This is Congo's second election since 1997, and analysts consider it the nation's true test of democracy.
Armed men on Sunday attempted to attack the residence of Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, but were repelled by troops at a checkpoint before reaching the palace, the country's communications minister said.
A shaky cease-fire between government troops and rebels was holding Saturday, a week after fighting broke out in the volatile eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cease-fire meant thousands of displaced people could receive food and water for the first time in days.
Government forces battled attackers at military installations and television headquarters in the Congolese capital on Kinshasa Sunday in what diplomats called a coup attempt against President Joseph Kabila.