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DRC calm after court upholds election win of Tshisekedi

January 20, 2019

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza promptly congratulated the new president-elect in a Tweet on Sunday.

“Through a fully organised electoral process without outside influence and the wisdom of President Kabila, the #RDC has just defended its dignity and sovereignty. The #Burundi congratulates the elected President, HE Félix A. Tshisekedi and the step taken by the Congolese people,” he said.

The Southern African Development Community on Sunday congratulated President-elect Tshisekedi and DRC for conducting elections in a peaceful manner “despite the security and logistical challenges.” The group had last week suggested a recount and a possible unity government.

The 16-nation regional bloc called “upon all Congolese to accept the outcome, and consolidate democracy and maintain a peaceful and stable environment following the landmark elections.” The body called on “all stakeholders to support the President-elect and his government in maintaining unity, peace and stability; and attaining socio-economic development in the DRC. SADC looks forward to a peaceful transfer of power to the President-elect.

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli also sent congratulations on Twitter.

In addition to congratulating Tshisekedi on his election as Congo’s next president, Magufuli praised the people of Congo. “I beseech you to maintain peace,” he wrote.

All of the election results, not just the presidential ones, had been widely questioned after Kabila’s ruling coalition won a majority in legislative and provincial votes while its presidential candidate finished a distant third.

Despite this, DRC, a country of 80 million people, rich in the minerals key to smartphones around the world, is moving close to its first peaceful, democratic transfer of power since independence in 1960.

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