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NY Yella Cake | Congolese Army Says It Foiled a Coup Involving Americans, 19 May
hours after a gunfight near the presidential palace in which at least three people were killed.

In a brief statement on state television, an army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sylvain Ekenge, initially offered little detail about the purported putsch in the capital, Kinshasa, other than to say that the plotters and their leader had been "put out of action."
But he later told The Associated Press that three Americans were among the perpetrators, and the United States ambassador to Congo, Lucy Tamlyn, acknowledged publicly that American citizens may have been involved.
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"sixth region of the African Union"
while most of the region's recent coups have been led by senior military officers from those countries, the purported one in Kinshasa on Sunday appeared to have been led by an obscure opposition politician based in the United States and appeared to have little prospect of succeeding.
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A website in Mr. [Christian] Malanga's name said that his family settled in Salt Lake City in the 1990s as part of a refugee resettlement program. He participated in the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, it said. He returned to Congo to run for political office in 2011 but was arrested "on bogus charges" and held for several weeks by police officers who beat him, it said. A year later, he returned to the United States, where he formed the United Congolese Party, "a grass-roots platform that unifies the Congolese diaspora around the world opposing the current Congolese dictatorship," the site said.
by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 09:31:22 PM EST
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