US 'disappointed' after DRC vote upheld

2011-12-21 07:08

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".

"We believe 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 crisis.

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.

The 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.

"A 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 dialogue."

  • Glitchcs - 2011-12-21 07:44

    Amazing...Next is we hear that the US as found WOD's in Congo and they want to "Go have a look"...What gets me is...WHO THE HELL MADE USA THE WORLD POLICE...They need to start looking at their own country! Thousand of people unemployed and with all the soldiers coming back home...Unemployment just went up!....USA <---What a joke!

      Mashudu - 2011-12-21 08:14

      You're right Glitchcs. They must start to mind thier own business

      Willy Widikin A Kapan - 2011-12-21 08:37

      Africa to african and drc to congolese ,we african don't need USA aproval on how we go about making decisions regarding our to hell imperialist that thier job is to destroy other people countries while hidding behind UN day africa wil be free from al these killers of man kind...God bless Africa.

      Grant - 2011-12-21 14:22

      Americans must mind their own business, but just let them stop all the charity donations and then see Africa cry foul

  • Mashudu - 2011-12-21 08:12

    US Must stop putting their nose in other countries affairs. People in Congo can deal with their Issues.

  • Peter - 2011-12-21 09:17

    Africa this ,they sought it out their style.USA what they you want!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sizwe Mashiloane Sr - 2011-12-21 09:27

    to hell with their disappointment. This is Africa

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