Kabila declared the winner
Incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, has been declared the winner in the presidential election which took place on 28th November.
In this vast country which is ranked as the poorest nation on earth and with very little infrastructure, the results of the count were delayed by more than a week leading to cries of rigging the count. In the end the Independent National Electoral Commission announced that Joseph Kabila had taken 49% of the vote. His closest rival, Etienne Tshisekedi, was declared on 32% of the vote.
Tshisekedi immediately announced that he did not accept the result and declared himself the winner. The immediate effect was that Tshisekedi’s supporters went on to the streets and late last night gunshots were heard in the capital Kinshasa.
The result has to be approved by the Supreme Court and most observers are saying that this should be done as soon as possible to avoid bloodshed.