Dec. 10 - DRC's Kabila is re-elected but opposition claim victory. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
Angry protesters took to the streets as President Joseph Kabila was announced the provisional winner in Democratic Republic of Congo's elections. (SOUNDBITE) UNNAMED UNION FOR DEMOCRACY AND SOCIAL PROGRESS (UDPS) OPPOSITION SUPPORTER, SAYING (French): "Kabila has run the country so badly. We hate it, we want him to leave, we don't want him anymore because nothing works in Congo." Kabila won nearly 40 percent of the votes compared rival Etienne Tshisekedi's approximate 32 percent. International observers said results were still being analysed but some irregularities had already been spotted. Tshisekedi has rejected Kabila's win and declared himself the newly elected leader. The third placed presidential candidate also rejected Kabila's victory. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND PRESIDENT OF THE UNION FOR THE CONGOLESE NATION (UNC), VITAL KAMERHE, SAYING (French): "The truth of the ballots, the real truth, gives the victory to the opposition candidate Etienne Tshisekedi Wamulumba, who we are hereby congratulating. Elsewhere, people were celebrating Kabila's win. The Nov. 28 poll was Congo's first locally organized presidential contest since a war that killed over 5 million. But fears are mounting a post-election dispute could reignite conflict in the war-scarred central African state. U.S. based Human Rights Watch says at least 18 people have been killed in election-related violence. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters