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Ex-Rebel Hutu Group Wins Local Elections in Burundi

Burundi's election board says a former Hutu rebel group has won last week's local elections.

The National Independent Election Commission said Friday the Hutu-led Forces for the Defense of Democracy won about 55 percent of local government positions, taking nearly 1,800 of the 3,225 seats up for grabs.

The winning candidates will choose a senate, which in turn will help Burundi select a new president later this year.

A re-vote was held in some areas Tuesday after violence disrupted last Friday's elections. Sporadic shooting and mortar bomb blasts around the capital, Bujumbura, left at least one person dead.

The vote was the first multi-party elections in Burundi since civil war broke out 12 years ago. Nearly 300,000 people died in the fighting between Burundi's minority Tutsis and majority Hutus.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters