SA backs call for re­count of votes in the DRC

The Mercury - - NATION - SHAN­NON EBRAHIM

SOUTH Africa has thrown its sup­port be­hind the SADC call for a re­count of the votes cast in the DRC elec­tions, and the call for po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to con­sider a gov­ern­ment of na­tional unity as an op­tion to en­sure an all-in­clu­sive gov­ern­ment.

“It is im­por­tant that the peo­ple of the DRC must de­cide what is best for them. The fi­nal de­ci­sion lies with them… we can­not pre­scribe to them,” the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions has said.

Min­is­ter for In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions Lindiwe Sisulu ad­dressed the me­dia in Johannesburg yes­ter­day on the elec­toral out­come in both the DRC and Mada­gas­car.

Sisulu ac­knowl­edged that op­po­si­tion pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Martin Fayulu is con­test­ing the elec­tion re­sults as he does not be­lieve they are a true re­flec­tion and he is go­ing through the courts.

“We ap­plaud that.”

The poll in the DRC may have been dubbed the most prob­lem­atic elec­tion in Africa, but the fact that the elec­tion process was gen­er­ally peace­ful and those dis­put­ing the re­sults have taken their com­plaints to the courts has been hailed by South Africa.

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