08.12.2011 - 08.12.2011 30 °C
Today is actually Results Day.
Tomorrow is the anniversary of President Kabila’s inauguration and under the constitution he is unable to remain as President for longer than 5 years – that run out in a matter of hours. For obvious reasons it is not ideal for DRC to be sans President but particularly because the President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces – an uncontrolled FARDC is not what anyone wants.
The CENI will announce delayed results from their office on the Boulevard 30 juin this evening at 2000h [8pm to civilians] and with almost 90% of votes counted Kabila is ahead with 49% of the vote to Etienne Tshisekedi’s 33.3%. The opposition has already said that they will not accept the results because of widespread fraud, violence, intimidation and huge delays to voting in opposition strong-holds. President Kabila has said that he would accept defeat but that if he is re-elected he will not accept any challenges to his position. It’s gearing up to be an interesting time.
Not that anyone from outside DRC would know anything about it. The international media has been wildly disappointing in reporting in this period – I have seen the same 3 photos circulating on all the major media websites for over a week and the same 26 second report on a loop on all the major news channels from here to Australia. It’s enough to give one the feeling that the world doesn’t care about DRC – shouldn’t have held elections at the same time as Egypt.