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In DR Congo, 3 rebel chiefs surrender in nod to new president

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A new president brings hope to Congolese.

Local officials have disclosed that three militia leaders, among them a man accused of murdering 39 police officers, laid down their arms on Tuesday in a show of support for DR Congo’s new President Felix Tshisekedi.

The three militia leaders, who are said to be part of the Kamwina Nsapu (Black Ant), laid down their weapons along with over 100 men in the restive central Kasai region, a stronghold of Tshisekedi. The ‘Black Ant’ has been accused of a host of bloody atrocities in the region. Pundits see this as a boost for Felix Tshisekedi, the country’s new leader.

The latest development comes days after 600 other Kasai rebels also laid down their weapons, saying they were ending their uprising as they turned themselves in — also as a sign of support for Tshisekedi.

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