Of Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABBA, Ethiopia
African leaders who met to discuss post-election tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) decided to send a high-level delegation to that country led by the president of Rwanda, president of the African Union.
"The Heads of State and Government have agreed to urgently send to the DRC a high-level delegation that includes the president of the Union (Rwandan President Paul Kagame) and other heads of state and government, as well as the chairman of the commission UA, "said the statement, released late Thursday from the Southern African Community Development Countries (SADC) and the Great Lakes Region meeting under the auspices of the African Union.
Meeting in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, countries have said that the delegation would interact with all the Congolese stakeholders to help reach a consensus on a way out of the post-electoral crisis.
"The meeting urged all interested parties in the DRC to interact positively with the high-level African delegation in the interest of their country and its population," the statement said.
The heads of state and government reiterated the determination of the AU to continue to accompany the DRC people in this process.
On December 30, the Democratic Republic of the Congo held elections for its first democratic transfer of power since the country gained political independence in 1960 from Belgium. But the results were scrutinized after the two declared losers contested the polls.
Last Thursday, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner by the electoral commission with 38.57% of the votes.
The rival Martin Fayulu, with 34.8 percent, has appealed against the result