African Union Has ‘Serious Doubts’ About Congo Vote Results

  • Opposition candidate has challenged outcome in highest court

  • African body plans to send high-level delegation to Congo

By William Clowes and Nizar Manek, 18 January 2019
(Bloomberg) -- The African Union called for a suspension of the proclamation of Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential-election results, saying there were “serious doubts” about their veracity.
The continental body’s surprise request comes as Congo’s highest court considers opposition leader Martin Fayulu’s bid to overturn the outcome, which he says was rigged in rival candidate Felix Tshisekedi’s favor. Fayulu’s claims are backed by the country’s Catholic Church and leaked electoral-commission data showing that more people voted for Fayulu than Tshisekedi.
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