Southern African leaders call for recount and coalition government in Congo

Southern African leaders are calling for a vote recount and a negotiated coalition government in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, casting more doubt over the disputed results of Congo’s much-delayed election.

The statement on Sunday, issued by Zambia on behalf of the governments of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is an implicit recognition of the lack of credibility of the official election results.

It noted the “strong objections” that the official results have provoked, and it called on all Congolese leaders to “pursue a negotiated political settlement for a government of national unity” – similar to the negotiations that led to coalition governments in Kenya and Zimbabwe after disputed elections in 2007 and 2008.

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