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DRC's Tshisekedi declares himself winner

19 December 2011, 10:50

 Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition leader has declared himself winner of the presidential vote, despite placing second in official election results

Etienne Tshisekedi said on Sunday at a news conference that incumbent President Joseph Kabila's government "is dismissed starting today".

Sunday's declaration comes only two days after the country's supreme court upheld incumbent President Joseph Kabila's victory in the November vote.

International observers, however, have expressed concerns about irregularities, saying voter turnout was impossibly high in some districts.

Government spokesperson Lambert Mende had no comment on Tshisekedi's declaration.

Tshisekedi urged his supporters on Sunday to remain calm, so as not to frighten foreign investment in the mineral-rich nation.

- AP

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