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Human Rights Watch said at least 18 people were killed and 100 injured in violence leading up to the balloting.

With the simmering conflict in Congo at risk of erupting into an all-out war, international observers began urging the population to accept the results before they were tallied.

After the results were announced, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for challenges to the vote to be “resolved peacefully through available legal and mediation mechanisms.”