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Fayulu denounces Congo “electoral coup”

The runner-up in the Democratic Republic of Congo‘s long-awaited presidential poll Martin Fayulu (62) denounced the results as an “electoral coup“.

These results have nothing to do with the truth at the ballot box,” Fayulu told Radio France International (RFI).”It’s a real electoral coup, it’s incomprehensible.”

The leader and founder of Engagement for Citizenship and Development party  established in 2009 with two other MPs, Fayulu, a former Exxon Mobile top manager, is the favorite the influential Congo Catholic church.

They have stolen the victory of the Congolese people, and the Congolese people will never accept that their victory is stolen,” Fayulu said.

He called “all those who observed the elections” to “tell us the truth, publish the results”. “We can not keep quiet, it’s a scam, it’s a joke that we can not accept today,” he insisted.

Tshisekedi declared Congo elections winner

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

The result sets the stage for Congo’s first democratic transfer of power, however in a tense political standoff.

Tshisekedi won with 38.57% of more than 18 million ballots cast, Corneille Nangaa, the president of the election commission (CENI), told a news conference at 3 a.m. (0200 GMT) timed in the middle of the night to reduce street protests of frustrated losers.

Felix is son to late Étienne Tshisekedi the long-standing opposition leader, founder of the left-wing Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)the major opposition party. On 31 March 2018, Felix Tshisekedi was elected at the head of the UDPS, becoming a political heir of his father after his death.

AMENDED: The UDPS party thanked all the supporters and declared the victory of its candidate as “a victory for the Congolese people“.

AMENDMENT: The Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations:

The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that the CENI, the Constitutional Court, the Government, political parties and civil society will each live up to their responsibility in preserving stability and upholding democratic practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

 

 

Tshisekedi aims at peaceful power transfer

Envoys of a leading Congolese presidential candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, have met with incumbent President Joseph Kabila’s staff to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, Tshisekedi’s aids said.

President Kabila’s staff, however, denied that any such meetings had occurred since the December 30 election, for which provisional results are expected to be announced later this week.

The election is meant to bring about Congo’s first democratic transition in 59 years of independence, but tensions are mounting as some in the opposition leaders accuse the government of trying to rig the vote.

 

 

Congo plays down elections irregularities

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the searches for the credibility of last weekend’s chaotic presidential election and to justify its decision to cut  off Internet access to 80 million citizens in the aftermath.

The delayed election were finally organised to lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power, but the vote was marred by logistical problems and accusations from the opposition of fraud.

Initially the electoral commission had been scheduled to publish provisional results on Sunday but soon it changed their positions, and explained that could not be delayed because counting centers are still waiting for more than 80% of local vote tallies.

The opposition says the delay is a sign of fraud behind the scenes. However the regional observers insist the vote went well if taking into consideration the organisational challenges. Domestic monitors, however, have raised concerns about potential irregularities.

The Congo population represents  more than 200 tribes. The four largest tribes in the Congo are the Mongo, Luba, Kongo, and Mangbetu-Azonde. Approximately 700 local languages and dialects are spoken on its vast territory. The majority of Congolese speak one of the following languages: Kikongo, Lingala, Tshiluba, Swahili, and French.

According to WorldoMeters the population of the Congo is as follows:

  • The current population of the DR Congo is 85,377,780 as of Friday, January 4, 2019, based on the latest United Nations estimates.
  • The DR Congo population is equivalent to 1.12% of the total world population.
  • The DR Congo ranks number 16 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.
  • The population density in the DR Congo is 38 per Km2 (99 people per mi2).
  • The total land area is 2,267,050 Km2 (875,313 sq. miles)
  • 40.7 % of the population is urban (35,305,105 people in 2019)
  • The median age in the DR Congo is 16.8 years.congo mother child

Al-Bashir blames foreigners Sudan unrest

President Omar al-Bashir said that the initiators of mass unrest swept Sudan in the past few weeks, receive financial support from abroad. He said this on January 3 in Khartoum during a speech on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the east African state.

According to al-Bashir, the organizers of anti-government demonstrations “receive funding from abroad, and the guide to action is from the embassies of some foreign countries represented in Khartoum,” reported Al-Mayadin TV channel.

But the Sudanese will not sell their independence for dollars,” the Sudanese leader underlined.

Our country has been in a state of economic war for 21 years already, since the introduction of international sanctions against it,” said Al-Bashir, commenting on the difficult economic situation in Sudan. However, a way out of the crisis, he said, must be resolved within the country.

Overcoming it will not work in one day or one night, but we know how to find a way out of the current difficult situation,” al-Bashir explained and promised “at the end of the month to start implementing the program to raise salaries in the country to the required level and support most vulnerable people. “

Congo internet shut down in elections aftermath

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government shut down the internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second day while the citizens are waiting for the results of the presidential elections.

The government insists the measure in necessary to avoid “popular uprising“, contesting the results to be declared. The opposition accused government in an attempt to silence the descent.

Nigeria’s Buhari launches re-election

Nigeria’s ruling party has launched a rally of President Muhammadu Buhari’s (76) re-election bid in the southern city of Uyo, hours after naming a campaign team which includes Africa’s richest businessmen.

An election is scheduled to take place on February 16 to decide upon a leader of Africa’s biggest crude oil producer and the most populous country.

At the launch of the campaign event, Buhari told his supporters in the southern city – capital of Akwa Ibom state – that his government was winning the fight against Islamists who have intensified attacks in the northeast attempting to establish an Islamic state state based of Sharia law.

“Many local governments were held by the Boko Haram insurgents when we assumed office but none, presently, is physically controlled by the group,”Buhari  continued.

“We are going to secure this country, we are going to manage it properly. We will continue to improve the situation, security, economy and fighting corruption,”  Buhari promised.

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