Congo opposition parties plan "ghost towns"

Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:09am EST
 
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By Jonny Hogg

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congo's opposition plans to turn the sprawling capital Kinshasa and other cities across the country into "ghost towns" in a show of force after the country's highest court confirmed President Joseph Kabila as winner of a disputed November 28 election.

A spokesman for the opposition said on Saturday it will ask Kinshasa's 8 million residents to stay at home, joining people across the vast Central African nation in shutting down businesses and bringing public services to a standstill.

Democratic Republic of Congo's Supreme Court in a ruling on Friday, said Kabila won the November 28 election, rejecting opposition demands for the vote to be annulled over fraud allegations.

The court said the opposition had failed to prove the vote was rigged.

The Secretary General for opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi's UDPS party said Congo's opposition parties will meet early next week, to issue to call.

"On Monday there will be a massive meeting of all opposition parties in Kinshasa, and on Tuesday we are calling for 'ghost towns'," said Jacquemain Shabani Lukoo.

Kabila is expected to be sworn into office on Tuesday December 20, according to Kikaya Bin Karubi, Congo's ambassador to Britain and a top official in Kabila's camp.

"Several heads of state have already confirmed they are coming," Karubi said.   Continued...