Elec­tion: SADC pro­poses unity gov­ern­ment

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The south­ern African re­gional body SADC has called for a unity gov­ern­ment in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, fol­low­ing the dis­puted pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

All po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should agree a ne­go­ti­ated set­tle­ment, it said. Op­po­si­tion can­di­date Felix Tshisekedi was de­clared win­ner but an­other op­po­nent of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion, Martin Fayulu, in­sists he won.

On Satur­day, Mr Fayulu filed an ap­peal in the Con­sti­tu­tional Court de­mand­ing a man­ual re­count of votes cast in the 30 De­cem­ber elec­tion. This call was sup­ported by SADC in its state­ment is­sued by Zam­bian Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu, who is the body’s cur­rent chair­man.

He and other re­gional lead­ers felt the best way for­ward was a ne­go­ti­ated po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment and a gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity, Mr Lungu said.

He cited the ex­am­ple of sim­i­lar deals in Zim­babwe and Kenya. South Africa’s For­eign Min­is­ter, Lindiwe Sisulu, also said a unity gov­ern­ment could prove to be an ac­cept­able com­pro­mise for a trou­bled coun­try in des­per­ate need of peace.

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