African Union asks DR Congo to hold off final poll results

Jan 18, 2019, 4:53 AM EST
A rival rejected the contentious provisional results, officially in favor of one opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi.
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Expressing “serious doubts” on the conformity of the provisional results of December 30 vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the African Union has called on the country to suspend final election results, due to be declared on Friday.

The contentious provisional results, officially in favor of one opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, have been rejected by rival Martin Fayulu, who claims victory and accuses the former of striking a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila, reports the BBC.

The unprecedented appeal by the AU injects fresh uncertainty into the post-election process in the DR Congo, which was heading to its first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence, writes France 24.

The Constitutional Court, which is hearing Fayulu’s appeal for recounting of votes, could stick to the convention of not overturning poll results, especially as a majority of its judges are close to the governing party.

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