Zaire army holds MPs

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The Independent Online
KINSHASA (Reuter) - Zaire's army took MPs prisoner in the continuing row over new banknotes. Hundreds of heavily armed troops blockaded a meeting of Zaire's transitional parliament and as night fell they refused to let some 400 delegates leave.

The soldiers said they wanted the opposition-dominated legislature to approve the use of new banknotes which sparked riots last month in which hundreds of people were killed. Earlier, Zaire's army chiefs said they did not recognise a transitional constitution laid down last year by a pro-democracy conference. They said they would respect the document only if it was promulgated by President Mobutu Sese Seko - something he has refused to do.