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Cablegate: Religious Groups Congratulate Congolese On

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL KPKO CG ELECTIONS
SUBJECT: RELIGIOUS GROUPS CONGRATULATE CONGOLESE ON
ELECTIONS

REF: KINSHASA 1197

1. (U) In an August 5 statement, the leaders of five of the
DRC's largest religious communities lauded the success of the
July 30 elections. The statement was signed by Monsignor
Pierre Marini of the Congolese Christian Church, Sheik
Abd'allah Mangala of the Islamic Community, Monsignor Simon
Nzinga of the Independent Protestant churches, Reverend
Mangala Mandungu of the Kimbanguist Church, and by Bishop
Albert Kankienza of the evangelical churches. The support of
the Catholic Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo, President of the
National Episcopalian Conference of Bishops (CENCO), was
noticeably absent from the statement. CENCO's, and therefore
Monsengwo's, absence from the statement was noted by Sheik
Mangala who claimed that it was "purely a function of
administrations as Monsengwo is based in Kisangani and we are
here in Kinshasa."

2. (U) In a press conference at the Congolese Christian
Church, Monsignor Pierre Marini read the statement that
congratulated the people for going to the voting booths en
masse and in peace. The statement praised the people for
showing their "determination and will" to go forward with
democratization and the rebuilding of the DRC. The statement
called upon the people to remain peaceful while waiting for
the announcement of provisional results by August 20 from the
Independent Electoral Commission (CEI). Previous calls to
all political actors to respect the results of the vote were
reiterated, with the group adding that should politicians
have concerns regarding election results, they should voice
them through available legal channels (reftel). Leaders also
urged the public not to let themselves be taken in by false
declarations in advance of CEI declarations. The group
praised the work of all those responsible for the success of
the elections, both national and international.

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Comment
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3. (SBU) This statement follows in the wake of the July 26
joint declaration made by the six largest religious
communities. The notable difference with this statement from
the last is that it does not carry the weight of Monsengwo's
(and therefore CENCO's) support. Perhaps, like last time,
Monsengwo is simply waiting to make a statement on his own in
the wake of the successful elections--over which he dragged
his feet up until the last moment. If this is not the case,
Monsengwo may simply be distancing himself from any
statements regarding the elections until their outcome
becomes clearer.
MEECE

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