Thursday, 5 January 2012

Kabila wins DRC elections

Kabila wins DRC elections

  1. Ulemu Teputepu, AfricaNews reporter in Pretoria, South Africa
    Against all odds president Joseph Kabila has won the Democratic Republic of Congo's election, provisional results show. Kambial who took over from his late father Laurent obtained 49% of the vote against 32% for veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, the election commission chief said.
    The announcement has been delayed since Tuesday, with election officials blaming logistical problems.

    The opposition has complained of fraud and security is tight in the capital, Kinshasa, amid fears of violence.

    According to BCC riot police are patrolling the streets of the capital, which is seen as an opposition stronghold fearing demonstrations reports.

    Many shops and stalls in the city's markets have been closed for most of the week.

    "The Independent National Electoral Commission certifies that candidate Kabila Kabange Joseph has obtained the simple majority of votes," said election commission chief Daniel Ngoy Mulunda.

    In the eastern city of Goma, people started to celebrate as soon as the results were announced on national TV and radio.

    The results still have to be ratified by the Supreme Court.

    In 2006 he won the first elections since the end of a five-year conflict and is now due to be sworn in on 20 December for his second term.

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