South Africa says hopeful of peaceful DRC vote

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Continental powerhouse South Africa on Monday expressed confidence that upcoming elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be peaceful after assurances from the authorities in the troubled country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that DRC President Joseph Kabila and the electoral commission had given guarantees to the regional SADC bloc that the country was ready to hold the delayed vote.

“We called the president of the DRC. We called in the electoral commission…by the time they left, we felt very comfortable that they had the situation under control,” Sisulu told AFP in an interview in Pretoria.

“From the assurances that we got… we have no reason to doubt that they are not telling us the truth,” she said.

The delayed elections are now due…

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