US 'disappointed' after DRC vote upheld
21 December 2011, 11:05
Washington - The US said on Tuesday it is "deeply
disappointed" by the Democratic Republic of the Congo Supreme Court's
decision to uphold provisional election results without "fully
evaluating widespread reports of irregularities".
that the management and technical execution of these elections were
seriously flawed, lacked transparency and did not measure up to the
democratic gains we have seen in recent African elections," a State
Department statement said.
The statement however noted that "it
is still not clear whether the irregularities were sufficient to change
the outcome of the election".
Joseph Kabila was sworn in Tuesday
for another term as president of the DRC, a job also claimed by his main
rival following disputed polls that have plunged the country into deep
The 40-year-old incumbent was last week confirmed the
winner by the Supreme Court, which the opposition says he packed with
loyalists just before the country's elections on November 28.
results of the chaotic vote were criticised by observers and rejected
by opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, who has proclaimed himself the
people's president and is planning his own inauguration on Friday.
The State Department urged a probe into the electoral debacle.
review of the electoral process by the Congolese authorities and
outside experts may shed additional light on the cause of the
irregularities, identify ways to provide more credible results, and
offer guidance for the ongoing election results and for future
elections," the statement said.
"We strongly urge all Congolese
political leaders and their supporters to act responsibly, renounce
violence, and resolve any disagreements through peaceful, constructive