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DR Congo still plagued by chaos

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It was a huge surprise. Instead of President Joseph Kabila's chosen candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, it was Felix Tshisekedi who was declared the winner of the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during the early hours of Thursday. Immediately there were joyful reactions and talk of the first peaceful change of power in the country's history. That would have been so nice!

Unfortunately a big question mark still surrounds such optimistic talk. Like the sword of Damocles, the threat of violence still hangs over the Congolese people. It is not just the other major opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, who is casting doubt on the results. The country's mighty Catholic Bishops Conference (CENCO) announced on Thursday that reports from its own 40,000 electoral observers did not match the official results of the electoral commission. The Catholic Church has great influence in the Congo. This makes it all the more important that the bishops also called for restraint and emphasized that only constitutional means should be used to protest the election results.

Election deal?


© Deutsche Welle