Dan Gertler’s bearded face lights up as he looks out the helicopter window. Below, an installation twice the size of Monaco rises from a clearing in the central African forest, where it transforms ore mined from the ochre earth into sheets of copper.
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila looked set to extend his 10-year rule as the U.S. joined other governments warning that the mineral-rich country’s election results may trigger violence.
Thousands of residents of the Democratic Republic of Congo have begun arriving in neighboring countries including Congo Republic fearing violence when election results are announced tomorrow, the police said.
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila was leading nearest rival Etienne Tshisekedi in voting with just more than half of election stations reporting, the nation’s Electoral Commission said.
Incumbent Joseph Kabila won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nov. 28 presidential election, Jerome Kintolo Kimpele, first president of the country’s Supreme Court, told reporters in the capital Kinshasa.
Offices and a television station were burnt down in Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, after protests before November presidential elections deteriorated into violence between political parties.