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Congo-Kinshasa: Tshisekedi ‘To Form Government’ Next Week



Radio Netherlands Worldwide (Hilversum)

20 January 2012


Democratic Republic of Congo opposition chief Etienne Tshisekedi, who had proclaimed himself president-elect, said intends to form a government next week.

Tshisekedi, 79, came second in the contested November 28 presidential poll which handed incumbent Joseph Kabila five more years in office. But the opposition leader had himself “sworn in” on December 24.

On Friday, Tshisekedi told journalists that his “position is active” and that he will form a government “next week.”

He also expects to conduct “a general census of the population before local, followed by national, elections.”

Tshisekedi added that he is “obliged to form a government on the basis of necessity and urgency and to govern by decree until elected institutions are put in place on the basis of a real population census and organisation of elections on all levels.”

Tshisekedi had made the announcement during a press conference at his home in Kinshasa but several journalists were denied entry by police who surrounded the area.

The main points of his announcement were however posted on the website “Congolese opposition politics” and confirmed to AFP by a member of his entourage.

Tshisekedi also said he “regards as rubbish legislative elections” which were held on the same day as the presidential vote and whose results have yet to be revealed.

International monitors have questioned the legitimacy of the poll, after reports of irregularities including forgery.

The opposition leader further rejected “all hypothesis of a round table or any other solution of compromise” suggested by three other presidential challengers — including the chair of the senate Leon Kengo. – ANP/AFP

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