AU calls upon DRC to suspend election result announcemnet

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The African Union (AU) has called upon the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to delay the final announcement of last month’s presidential election.

Citing “serious doubts” over the outcome of the DRC’s controversial election, the AU has called upon the country to delay making a final announcement. The DRC’s electoral commission named opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi as the winner last week but the result has been refuted by the country’s influential Catholic Church and runner-up Martin Fayulu.

AU calls for suspended announcement

“The heads of state and government attending the meeting concluded that there were serious doubts on the conformity of the provisional results as proclaimed by the National Independent Electoral Commission, with the verdict of the ballot boxes,” the African Union said in a statement.

Typically, the AU doesn’t get involved in disputed elections, instead deferring issues to subregional blocs – SADC, in this case. However, the African Union has taken the unusual move of calling upon the DRC directly to postpone the final announcement of its election result.

The government has responded by slamming the AU’s stance, insisting its judicial process will decide how the country proceeds from here.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.