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Democratic Republic of Congo’s Kabila Sworn in as President

December 20, 2011

(Updates with ceremony in second paragraph.)

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Joseph Kabila was sworn in as President of Democratic Republic of Congo for the second time in Kinshasa, the capital.

Jerome Kitoko, the Supreme Court’s first president, presided over today’s ceremony, which was attended by ambassadors and visiting foreign officials, including Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Kabila won 49 percent of the Nov. 28 vote to 32 percent for runner-up Etienne Tshisekedi, who rejected the outcome and declared himself president.

The election, the second after 40 years of dictatorship and war in the world’s top producer of cobalt, was marred by irregularities including lost ballots and violence, according to electoral observation missions from the Atlanta-based Carter Center, the European Union and Congo’s Catholic Church.     Tshisekedi said on Dec. 18 he would hold a competing inauguration at the national stadium in Kinshasa on Dec. 23.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Ben Holland

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael J. Kavanagh in Kinshasa at mkavanagh9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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