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Former Hutu Rebel Group Leads Burundi Elections

Burundians lined up in front of a polling station in Bujumbura to vote Friday, June 3, 2005
Provisional results from Burundi's municipal elections show a former Hutu rebel group has taken the lead.

Election officials say the Hutu Forces for the Defense of Democracy is winning in all but a handful of administrative districts where initial results have been announced. The winners will choose a Senate, which in turn will help Burundi select a new president later this year.

Voting Friday was marred by outbreaks of shooting and mortar bomb blasts around the capital, Bujumbura. The violence left one person dead and caused hundreds of polling stations to close early.

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 and Reuters.