17.01.2019 at 5.21
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa joined his Southern African Development Community (SADC) counterparts Thursday at the Double Troika Summit to be held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to discuss the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following the December polls survey. The Ramaphosa office announced that it had arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, accompanied by the Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and his counterpart on state security, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.
The summit will examine and evaluate the political situation in the DRC.
Last week, the DRC elections committee, CENI, released the interim results of the polls that declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo the winner.
However, the presidential candidate and opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, is contesting the election results. He appealed to the Constitutional Court of the DRC for a new counting of the ballots.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) also joined Fayulu to challenge the interim results.
African leaders have ruminated the provision of support to the Congolese authorities to maintain a peaceful and stable environment after the crucial elections, to discourage any violence after the conclusion of the electoral process.
The SADC Double Troika summit will later be followed by an advisory meeting of SADC leaders who are members of the Double Troika; the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region; African Union Troika and the president of the African Union Commission.