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Doubts about the legitimacy of the election of the Congo



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The African Union has asked the Democratic Republic of the Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election because of its doubts about the provisional results. The rare transition from the group injects a new uncertainty in the post-electoral process, which was supposed to inaugurate the first democratic transfer of power in 59 years of independence, but was mired in disputes by the December 30 vote. The final tally is scheduled to be released by the electoral commission once the constitutional court has decided on the challenges for the provisional results on Friday, but the union has demanded that this be postponed following a meeting in Addis Ababa. "The heads of state and government present at the meeting concluded that there were serious doubts about the compliance of the provisional results as proclaimed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, with the verdict of the polls," he said in a statement. A Western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the decision is unprecedented. "I can not remember another instance in which UA demanded a suspension of certification of results". Several international media reports reported last Tuesday that voting data revealed that second place Martin Fayulu had certainly won at the polls on December 30th. The British Financial Times, as well as France RFI and TV5 Monde, said it had leaked the data had not yet been released – and that analysis showed that the man announced the election commission winner last week , Felix Tshisekedi, actually lost. Fayulu shouted foul and appealed to the highest court in the country to order a recount, an issue that is now being deliberated. Fayulu suggested that Tshisekedi and President Joseph Kabila made a deal behind the scenes after the first results showed that the successor chosen by Kabila, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, came third. Election officials deny that the results have been rigged. The dispute threatens to further destabilize the volatile country of Central Africa, where the previous elections were followed by violence. Congo is the world's largest producer of cobalt, used in electric car batteries and mobile phones and the largest copper producer in Africa. In addition, it extracts gold and diamonds. But unrest, disorganization and corruption have left many in poverty and dissatisfied with the government of Kabila. With dpa Australian Associated Press

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