DR Congo lawmaker leaves hospital after Paris attack

5th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

The head of the Congolese Senate, who was attacked after getting off a train in Paris, left hospital on Thursday, an aide said.

"He's left, he's doing well," said Franck Mwe-Dimalila, an aide to Senate chief Leon Kengo.

The 76-year-old senator was attacked at Paris's Gare du Nord train station on Saturday after getting off a train from Brussels.

Mwe-Dimalila said Kengo would spend a few more days in Paris before returning to Kinshasa. He had come to the French capital on a private visit.

The Congolese government has blamed the attack on supporters of President Joseph Kabila's rival, Etienne Tshisekedi. French authorities said police were investigating.

Tshisekedi is a veteran opposition leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo and runner-up in the November 28 election, but he has refused to recognise Kabila's victory and has proclaimed himself the country's leader.

Kengo was one of the presidential candidates who had called for annulling the vote over fraud allegations. Several foreign countries and election observer missions also complained of irregularities in the vote.

Still, Kengo was present at the swearing-in of Kabila to a second five-year term on December 20.

© 2012 AFP

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