DRC should recount presidential votes
Democratic Republic of Congo should recount the votes of its contested presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said yesterday. The December 30 poll was supposed to mark Congo’s first uncontested democratic transfer of power in 59 years of restive independence and the beginning of a new era following 18 years of chaotic rule by President Joseph Kabila. But runner-up Martin Fayulu claims that he in fact won by a landslide and that the official winner, Felix Tshisekedi, struck a deal with Kabila to be declared victor. Mr Tshisekedi and Mr Kabila deny this.