Kabila Sworn In As Congo President


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13: 18: Joseph Kabila arrives for the swearing-in ceremony.

13: 15: Tanks have been deployed in Kinshasa in case of opposition protests as Joseph Kabila prepares to be sworn in for a second term as Democratic Republic of Congo’s president.

The Supreme Court has confirmed that Mr Kabila, 40, gained the most votes in the November election.

But observers have criticised the poll and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, 79, has declared himself president.

He says he will be sworn in on Friday,BBC reports.

The elections were the first Congolese-organised polls since the end of a devastating war in 2003 which left some four million people dead.

Mr Tshisekedi, who enjoys strong support in the capital, Kinshasa, has called on civil servants and the security forces to take orders from him, rather than Mr Kabila.

He said he was offering a reward for the capture of Mr Kabila.

An aide of Mr Kabila said the call was “criminal”.

The BBC’s Thomas Hubert in Kinshasa says Mr Kabila’s Republican Guard has deployed tanks across the city ahead of his swearing-in ceremony.

Mugabe expected

They are also positioned at Martyrs Stadium, where Mr Tshisekedi’s supporters plan to inaugurate him as president on Friday.


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