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Democratic Republic of Congo DRC Elections Etienne Tshisekedi Joseph Kabila Kinshasa President

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Joseph Kabila sworn in for second DR Congo presidential term

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Des supporters du président sortant Joseph Kabila fêtent la victoire de leur candidat dont la réélection vient d'être annoncée, le 9 décembre 2011. AFP

Security was tight Tuesday in Kinshasa where Joseph Kabila was being sworn in for a second term as DRC president. Kabila was re-elected 28 November to serve a second five year mandate.


Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi says those polls were rigged and claims he is the country’s “president elect”.

Dossier: DRC elects a president

Tshisekedi intends to hold his own swearing-in ceremony on Friday in a Kinshasa stadium.

Workers were seen filling pot-holes on the road leading to the African Union City from the Airport where foreign delegations were due to arrive.

Kabila was counting on the presence of his closest neighbours although not all were expected to be represented on a presidential level.

Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of Congo-Brazzaville which is just four kilometres away from Kinshasa has announced he’ll be there for the ceremony. The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania are also expected to take part.

The presence of Rwanda’s Paul Kagamé and Angola’s Eduardo Dos Santos have not been confirmed.

South Africa and Burundi are sending ministers.

European countries and the United States, whose observers pointed to electoral irregularities, will only have their ambassadors at the ceremony.