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Addis Ababa, 10 December 2011: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, continues to follow closely the developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is in contact with the Congolese political actors, as well as with the international partners, in a spirit of pooling efforts for the promotion of a climate of calm and restraint in the DRC.

In this regard, the Chairperson of the Commission takes note of the provisional results of the presidential election of 28 November 2011, as proclaimed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on 9 December 2011, as well as of the content of the joint statement issued after the vote by the AU, COMESA, ECCAS, International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and SADC election observation teams. The Chairperson of the Commission recalls the earlier communiqués of the AU on the electoral process in the DRC, urging the Congolese political actors to exercise utmost restraint and demonstrate a high sense of responsibility, as demanded by the circumstances and the fragility of the situation in the DRC, a country which experienced several years of particularly deadly and devastating wars. The Chairperson of the Commission, who has learnt of the rejection of the results announced by the INEC by some of the Congolese political actors, emphasizes, once again, the duty and obligation of all candidates who contest the results to do so by exclusively peaceful means, using the mechanisms and procedures provided for this purpose. While taking note of the appeal for calm made by the candidate Etienne Tshisekedi to his supporters, the Chairperson stresses the need for the security forces to act with restraint and professionalism in their task of maintaining public order, to avoid any incident that may aggravate the prevailing tension and complicate the management of the post-election period.

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