Kabila: No Doubt About Credibility of Election

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila says there is no doubting the credibility of his re-election.

During a news conference in Kinshasa Monday, Mr. Kabila rejected the conclusion of the Carter Center that last month's election was “mismanaged” and lacked credibility.

The U.S.-based election monitor said Saturday that polling stations in Kabila strongholds reported “impossibly” high turnouts, and that many ballots in his rival's strongholds were reported lost.

A day earlier, Congo's electoral commission named Mr. Kabila the winner of the poll. Challenger Etienne Tshisekedi rejected the results and declared himself president.

President Kabila Monday denied there is a crisis in Congo and urged Mr. Tshisekedi to — in his words — “make good use of the justice system” if he disagrees with the election result.

Violent protests and looting left four people dead in Kinshasa following the announcement of the election results, but a heavy mobilization of police and security personnel has since restored a tense calm to the city.

Mr. Tshisekedi has called on supporters to remain calm and await further instructions. He has also expressed hope the international community will help mediate the dispute.

The presidential and legislative polls two weeks ago were only the second free elections since the African nation was torn apart by several years of warfare that ended in 2003.