AU asks Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend results of presidential elections

In Addis Abeba (Ethiopia), headquarters of the African Union, Heads of State from Au countries are meeting to determine the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Following a long meeting behind closed doors on the afternoon of Thursday 17th January, the meeting concluded with a final communique urging the Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the definitive results of the recent presidential elections.

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is represented by a delegation led by the Minister of State for regional Integration, Baltasar Engonga Edjo.

The meeting concluded with a communique asking the aforementioned country to suspend the final proclamation of the results of the presidential elections from 30th December, due to “serious doubts” regarding the provisional data. The communique added that there were serious doubts regarding agreement on the provisional results proclaimed by the Electoral commission in Congo on 10th January, which gave victory to the opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi.

The leaders agreed to immediately send to the Democratic Republic of Congo a senior delegation made up of the president of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and various African Heads of State and Governments, led by the current President of the African Union, Paul Kagame. The communique stated that the delegation would seek dialogue with all political players, in order to reach an agreement on a way out of the post-election crisis in the country.

According to provisional results published by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Tshisekedi obtained 38.57% of the vote, followed by the opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, with 34.86%, and the presidential candidate, Emmanuel Shadary, with 23.84%. However, Fayulu, a national deputy and former petroleum entrepreneur, has rejected the results and described them as “invented”, while the influential National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) has also come out against them. In fact, Fayulu challenged the results through the Constitutional Court on 12th January, and called for a manual recount of the votes. The deputy stated that his grouping obtained 61% of the vote, and not 34.86%, as stated in the CENI figures.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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