SADC bloc calls for calm amid elec­tion dis­pute

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THE South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity called for calm yes­ter­day in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo (DRC) amid a dis­pute over the re­sult of the pres­i­den­tial vote.

Congo’s elec­toral com­mis­sion on Thurs­day de­clared op­po­si­tion leader Felix Tshisekedi the win­ner of last month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but the run­ner-up dis­missed the out­come as an “elec­toral coup”.

The Catholic Church re­jected the of­fi­cial re­sult and op­po­si­tion leader Martin Fayulu de­nounced a “coup”.

Fayulu’s sup­port­ers said the au­thor­i­ties rigged the re­sult on be­half of Tshisekedi as part of a deal to pro­tect fig­ures from the out­go­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion.

At least four peo­ple were re­ported killed in demon­stra­tions in one eastern city, al­though much of the rest of the coun­try ap­peared calm. |

News Agency (ANA)

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