DRC should re­count pres­i­den­tial votes

Irish Examiner - - World -

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.

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