Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Tanzania Police Battle Protesters Over Delayed Poll Results

From NASDAQ/Wall Street Journal, New York, United States

Tanzanian anti-riot police battled protesters in major cities across the country late Monday, after results for the Oct. 31 presidential and parliamentary poll results were delayed, officials said Tuesday.

Speaking by phone from the gold mining region of Mwanza, a police officer told Dow Jones Newswires that anti-riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of opposition protesters in the city of Mwanza.

"The police also dispersed similar protests in Dar Es Salaam and Arusha, the situation is still tense," he said.

Election observers said Tuesday that although the Oct. 31 polls were largely peaceful and orderly, tensions are mounting as people await the results of the hotly contested polls.

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