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Rival rejects re-election of Congo's Kabila

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Rival rejects re-election of Congo's Kabila


Two men believe they are President of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In power for a decade, Joseph Kabila has been re-elected in the war-scarred central African state’s November 28 poll, in provisional official results.

But as supporters celebrate the 49 per cent of the vote he won according to electoral authorities, his challenger is crying foul.

Results giving 32 per cent to Etienne Tshisekedi have been rejected by the opposition as “totally unacceptable.” And amid their claims of vote-rigging, Tshisekedi has declared himself elected president.

His supporters have been venting their anger in Kinshasa amid reports of clashes with security forces and shooting.

“I don’t agree with this victory considering that the day of the vote we saw that the majority of Congolese people were for Tshisekedi,” said Bilo N’Zoba, one of his supporters in the capital. “We are really disappointed.”

The Supreme Court has yet to ratify the results of a poll meant to bring stability after years of conflict and turmoil. But with Tshisekedi’s camp saying it has no faith in the tribunal, the post-election crisis is set to continue.

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