Kinshasa — At least one person was killed and more than 80 injured in weekend clashes between supporters of rival candidates just days ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) crucial presidential election, sources said. The country is on edge ahead of the December 23 vote to replace President Joseph Kabila, who has governed the resource-rich nation since 2001. Unrest erupted in Tshikapa, a city in the restive central Kasai region, on Sunday when the planes of two rival candidates — opposition heavyweight Felix Tshisekedi and former education minister Maker Mwangu — landed at the airport just a few hours apart. Sources with observers at the scene said at least one person had been killed and about 20 arrested. But others in the region said the toll could be higher. “A young local chief who was among Maker Mwangu’s supporters was attacked with stones,” Faustin Dostin Luange of the local community radio station said.The man was rushed to hospital but later died of his injuri...

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