Doubts at the African Union about Election Results in Congo

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 The African Union (AU) called on the Democratic Republic of Congo to postpone the declaration of the final election results. The organisation of African countries has expressed serious doubts about the provisional outcome of the presidential election.

Those preliminary results point to Felix Tshisekedi as the new president, succeeding current President Joseph Kabila. The other opposition leader Martin Fayulu denies to accept his defeat and has asked for a recount.

According to him, the incumbent president and Tshisekedi have signed an agreement, which would have affected the election results. This is entirely denied in both camps. More and more and more often, however, rumours are spreading that Fayulu won the most votes.

The request from the African Union is unique. Never before has the organisation intervened with national issues such as the election results. “The meeting of African Heads of State and Government draws a strong doubt on the provisional outcome of the elections set by the independent election committee of Congo,” the AU said in a statement.

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