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Southern African bloc calls emergency Congo election meeting


KINSHASA (Reuters) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called an emergency meeting on Thursday in Addis Ababa to discuss Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election, an adviser to President Joseph Kabila said.

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections gestures to his supporters at the party headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Olivia Acland

Runner-up Martin Fayulu, who led pre-election polls, filed a fraud complaint on Saturday, asking for a recount after results gave victory to another opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi.

Hearings into Fayulu’s complaint opened on Tuesday at the…

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Southern African bloc calls Congo meeting


The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called an emergency meeting in Addis Ababa to discuss Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election, an adviser to President Joseph Kabila says.

Runner-up Martin Fayulu, who led pre-election polls, filed a fraud complaint on Saturday, asking for a recount after results gave victory to another opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi.

Hearings into Fayulu’s complaint opened on Tuesday at the Constitutional Court which has until Friday to render a judgment.

The December 30 election was meant to lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power, but allegations of fraud cast doubt on the outcome and threatened to reawaken large-scale unrest in the vast Central African country.

Kabila’s diplomatic adviser, Barnabe Kikaya Bin Karubi,…

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Congo should recount presidential election vote, says Southern African bloc | World


The December poll was suppsoed to mark Congo’s first uncontested democratic transfer of power — AFP pic

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 13 — Democratic Republic of Congo should recount the votes of its contested presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said today.

The Dec. 30 poll was supposed to mark Congo’s first uncontested democratic transfer of power in 59 years of restive independence and the beginning of a new era following 18 years of chaotic rule by President Joseph Kabila.

But runner-up Martin Fayulu claims that he in fact won by a landslide and that the official winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, struck a deal with Kabila to be declared victor. Tshisekedi and Kabila deny this.

Congo’s Catholic Church has said that…

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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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Congo should recount presidential election vote: Southern African bloc


JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of Congo should recount the votes of its contested presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said on Sunday.

The Dec. 30 poll was supposed to mark Congo’s first uncontested democratic transfer of power in 59 years of restive independence and the beginning of a new era following 18 years of chaotic rule by President Joseph Kabila.

But runner-up Martin Fayulu claims that he in fact won by a landslide and that the official winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi, struck a deal with Kabila to be declared victor. Tshisekedi and Kabila deny this.

Congo’s Catholic Church has said that tallies compiled by its 40,000-strong monitoring team show a different winner to those announced…

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Southern African Bloc Calls for Recount of Congo’s Contested Election | World News


DAKAR (Reuters) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) suggested on Sunday that Democratic Republic of Congo recount votes from a contested Dec. 30 presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged and which has sparked isolated violence across the country.

“A recount would provide necessary reassurance to both winners and losers,” the SADC statement said.

(Reporting By Edward McAllister; Editing by Keith Weir)

Copyright 2019 Thomson Reuters.

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