DRC elections: The United States demands “clarification” over the result as World leaders take cautious approach

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The U.S. Department of State in a press release Friday said: “The United States takes note of the National Independent Electoral Commission’s announcement of the provisional results of December 30 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“We congratulate the millions of courageous voters who went to the polls across DRC to cast their ballots after two years of delay…The United States stands with the people of Congo at this historic moment and it is they who should determine their country’s future.

“The United States also notes the importance of President Joseph Kabila’s decision to abide by his constitutionally mandated term limits and transfer power to a successor.
“The National Independent Electoral Commission has announced provisional results, but we await clarification of questions which have been raised regarding the electoral count.
“The United States notes that stakeholders have the option to request a review of the announced provisional results to ensure they reflect the will of the Congolese people as expressed through the ballot box.

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“We urge all stakeholders to remain calm as the process continues. Violence is unacceptable, and the U.S. Government will hold accountable those who perpetrate election-related violence or impede the democratic process.”
Meanwhile, Foreign leaders reacted cautiously to the outcome of the presidential election with many choosing not to congratulate the ‘winner’
Provisional results from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s much-troubled election granted victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi.
But his opposition rival Martin Fayulu immediately cried foul, branding the results “an electoral coup”.
The Independent National Election Commission gave Felix Tshisekedi 38.57 percent of the vote, ahead of Fayulu with 34.8 percent.

President Joseph Kabila’s preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came a distant third with 23.8 percent.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all sides “to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
African Union leader Moussa Faki Mahamat was similarly restrained.
“It is important that any disagreement over the proclaimed results, notably that they did not reflect voters’ wishes, be resolved peacefully, by turning to the relevant laws and through political dialogue between the parties involved,” he said.

His statement notably did not congratulate Mr Tshisekedi
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa[ South Africa has heavily invested in DRC] urged interested parties to “refrain from speculation and allow CENI to complete the process”.
The European Union said it was waiting for the verdict of election monitors.

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