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Inauguration goes ahead after disputed vote

KINSHASA — The president of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest nation was sworn in Tuesday for another term, pledging to unify the country after an election that was criticized by international observers.

The country’s top opposition candidate, meanwhile, planned his own inauguration in a move that could spark political chaos.

Congo’s supreme court last week upheld the victory of President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for more than a decade.

However, second-place finisher Etienne Tshisekedi insisted Sunday he was the country’s democratically elected leader and would take his own oath of office later in the week.

The army deployed tanks in the streets of the capital, Kinshasa, ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony amid fears of unrest if Mr. Tshisekedi ordered his supporters to protest.

Mr. Kabila delivered a message of national unity, describing himself as the president of all Congolese and vowing to create more jobs in his next five-year term.


6 arrested in death of ex-mob boss

MONTREAL — Canadian police said Tuesday that they have arrested six people in connection with the slaying of a mob boss who once led New York’s notorious Bonanno crime family.

Inspector Roberto Bergeron said Raynald Desjardins, 59, and three other people have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Salvatore Montagna, whose body was pulled from a river near Montreal last month.

Two others arrested without warrants are expected to face similar charges.

Mr. Desjardins is alleged to have past connections to Vito Rizzuto, the reputed head of the Montreal mafia, who is imprisoned in the United States.

Mr. Desjardins narrowly survived a shooting in a suburb north of Montreal just two months before Mr. Montagna died.

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