AU calls upon DRC to suspend election result announcemnet
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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