African nations call for recount in DRC election | World news

A powerful regional body of African states has called for a recount in the contested presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The unexpected move underlines growing worries that instead of marking a turning point for the troubled country, the 30 December vote and the deepening political crisis it has triggered will instead lead to a slide into anarchy and violence.

Such concerns are urgent for regional powers well aware that extensive conflict in the vast and mineral-rich DRC has the potential to destabilise significant parts of central, east and southern Africa.

A civil war between 1997 and 2002 killed 5 million people and drew in all neighbouring states.

The surprise victor of the election was Félix Tshisekedi, leader of the country’s main opposition party….

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