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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012


One election, two countries

The new dividing line in the country is between those who believe that Joseph Kabila won the presidency and those who don’t

President Joseph Kabila’s year will start with a strenuous effort to re-establish credibility. The official results of the 28 November elections gave him 48.95% of the vote, against 32.35% for the runner-up, Étienne Tshisekedi wa Mulumba. Few believe those figures. The European Union observers reckoned that 1.6 million votes were not properly accounted for and the protests were intense, especially in the regions and Kinshasa, where Kabila has never been much liked.

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