Calm over Congo re­sult

Hawke's Bay Today - - World -

Congo ap­peared on the cusp of its first peace­ful trans­fer of power with the sur­prise vic­tory of op­po­si­tion can­di­date Felix Tshisekedi, de­spite clear signs that a ri­val op­po­si­tion leader ac­tu­ally won in a land­slide. With no ma­jor protests in the cap­i­tal and lim­ited vi­o­lence else­where in the vast Cen­tral African coun­try, the pop­u­la­tion seemed to be choos­ing sta­bil­ity over cred­i­bil­ity, ac­cept­ing Tshisekedi’s win and the end to Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila’s long and tur­bu­lent rule. But a court chal­lenge to the re­sults could spin the coun­try into chaos, ob­servers warned. The Catholic Church, which de­ployed 40,000 ob­servers at all polling sta­tions, said of­fi­cial re­sults did not match its find­ings, and diplo­mats briefed on them said ri­val op­po­si­tion can­di­date Martin Fayulu won eas­ily.

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