South Africa urges Congo to finalize results

The surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi is disputed by opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who alleges a backroom deal with President Joseph Kabila.

10 January 2019 | 15:24

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 10 January 2019 | 15:24

Residents celebrate in Kinshasa Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after learning that opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi had been declared the winner of the elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

KINSHASA, Congo: South Africa is urging Congo’s electoral commission to finalize the election results “to ensure the credibility of the election and also maintain peace and stability.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa is congratulating Congo for its election, urging the region and wider international community to refrain from speculation and allow Congolese election officials to finish their work.

The surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi is disputed by opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who alleges a backroom deal with President Joseph Kabila.

South Africa’s government is influential as Congo has rejected what it considers Western meddling. South Africa, however, has been under pressure to be more outspoken on Congo amid tensions over the long-delayed vote.


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