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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 November 2006, 20:21 GMT
Full text: Kabila speech
Text of special address by DR Congo President Joseph Kabila following his election as country's president on 16 November 2006.

My fellow countrymen! The Independent Electoral Commission [CEI] has just announced today the provisional results of the presidential poll second round.

It emerges from the results that most of you have decided to entrust my modest person with the hard and noble job of ruling over our country's destiny.

To that end, I express deep gratitude towards those our compatriots, men and women, for trusting me.

It is normal that all Congolese made their own choice differently.

Nevertheless, everyone, no matter where they are, can be assured that I intend to remain the president of all without distinction.

My fellow countrymen!

I would like to congratulate CEI on your behalf, as well as all other institutions of the republic, on their respective contributions to the success of the electoral process in our country.

My congratulations are also addressed to the armed forces, the Congolese national police force, the UN Organization Mission in the DR Congo [Monuc], the EU Police Force, and the EU Forces in the DR Congo, who have been efficient in providing security for the material organisation and the smooth running of the free and democratic elections ever held in the DR Congo.

My fellow countrymen!

I highly value the responsibility that you have entrusted to me and the extent of the task that awaits us.

I am aware of the current difficulties and the emergencies in every field.

With your support, we will sure overcome them.

All together, we must perfect the national reconciliation project, create jobs, and put an end to all of bad habits, notably xenophobia, tribalism, intolerance, exclusion, incitement to hate, corruption, and all kinds of injustice, to make the DR Congo a united country, strong, and prosperous.

As we share the same destiny, we must all together strive for our country's reconstruction.

All together, we must safeguard our territorial sovereignty and integrity, as well as peace, to break with the Congo of old, synonymous with wars and extreme poverty.

My fellow countrymen! Considering today's announcement of the provisional results, it is clear that the time of the election campaign, during which hearts are somewhat stirred, is over.

Since it is all finished, libellous and licentious statements must end and elegance must now prevail.

Therefore, I ask you tonight to remain united and to promote brotherhood and tolerance, because today's victory is yours.

At the expense of your sacrifices and thanks to your determination to actively appoint your governing authorities, the electoral process has been possible.

While expecting the Supreme Court to finally proclaim the results, I call everyone for calm and discipline in order to show the world that the DRC is a state of law, being irreversibly committed to the way of democracy for its institutions.

The police force will keep providing security for people and their goods, and the authorities concerned have been instructed so that peace may prevail throughout the national territory.

Long live democracy! Long live the new DR Congo! May God bless us all and keep our country safe!






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