DR Congo: Jean-Yves Le Drian calls for “clarity” on the result of the presidential election


French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Herbert Neubauer, AFP



The French Foreign Minister said Thursday that the results of the presidential elections in Congo, announced Wednesday, were “not in line” with expectations and that the opponent Martin Fayulu was “a priori” the winner.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian estimated on Thursday (January 10th) that the announced results of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) did not seem “in line with the results we have seen here. or there “.

DR Congo: Jean-Yves Le Drian calls for "clarity" on the result of the presidential election
DR Congo: Jean-Yves Le Drian calls for “clarity” on the result of the presidential election

The National Electoral Commission (Ceni) announced Wednesday night the victory of the opponent Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential election held on December 30 in DR Congo, with 38.57  % of the vote in front of the other head of the divided opposition, Martin Fayulu (34.8  %). .

In the minutes following the announcement, two diplomats said the results were in contradiction with the counting done by the National Bishops’ Conference of Congo (Cenco), according to which the victory goes to another opposition leader, Martin Fayulu. The latter denounced an “electoral coup”.

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“I think we need to keep calm, avoid clashes and then clarity about these results that are the opposite of what we imagined”, continued Jean-Yves Le Drian. “It can go wrong because Mr. Fayulu was a priori the outgoing leader of these elections,” he added.

France, the Foreign Minister added, appealed to the United Nations Security Council late last week “so that the results are real results.” “She wants African heads of state and African organizations to act so that the results are the real results of the elections,” he said.


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