US sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests

  • In this photo taken Friday Jan. 4, 2019, crates of soft drinks are stored next to a stage prepared for a victory party for Presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary in the event of his winning the presidential elections in Kinshasa, Congo. Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

  • Members of the Congolese opposition coalition Lamuka, led by presidential candidate Martin Faluyu, have a conversation while waiting for a statement to be issued on the timing of the release of the presidential election results in Kinshasa, Congo, Saturday Jan. 5, 2019. Congo faces what could be its first democratic, peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, but election observers and the opposition have raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities as the country chooses a successor to longtime President Joseph Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

KINSHASA, Congo — On the eve of the first expected results of Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible “violent demonstrations,” while the country’s powerful Catholic church warned of a popular “uprising” if untrue results are announced.

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