The African Union has canceled its mission scheduled for Monday (January 21st) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after the Congolese Constitutional Court announced the victory of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential election.
THE BIG PICTURE: The African Union had called for the “ suspension” of the final results of the DR Congo presidential elections, but the DR Congo government, stating its sovereignty, had rejected this seemingly ‘ African Union interference’ by stating that it would go ahead as planned. The African Union, headed by Paul Kagame and Mussa Faki Mahamat, has apparently suffered a bit of ‘letdown’ from the Kabila regime.
The information of the AU cancelation of the Kinshasa mission was first confirmed to Jeune Afrique this Sunday, from Rwanda, where Moussa Faki, the chairman of the African Union Commission, made a stop on Saturday (January 19th).
The pan-African organization has formalized in a statement the decision to postpone indefinitely the visit of a high-level delegation scheduled for Kinshasa on January 21. This delegation was to be led by Rwandan Paul Kagame, AU’s current chairperson, and by AU Commission Chair Moussa Faki.
On Thursday, in Addis Ababa, several heads of state and government, meeting in camera, called for the “suspension” of election results provided by the CENI, in their eyes tainted with “serious doubts”.
According to Jeune Afrique, they had to propose to Joseph Kabila the following alternative: either the CENI to proclaims the victory of Martin Fayulu or a new inclusive election will have to be held, organized by a consensual body, to which exiled opponents would be allowed to compete.
Congratulatory messages to the president-elect of DR Congo.
The proclamation by the Constitutional Court of the victory of Felix Tshisekedi, in the night from Saturday to Sunday, seems to have changed the situation.
I now consider myself as the sole legitimate President-elect of the #DRC. Therefore, I ask the Congolese people not to recognize any individual who would claim this authority illegally nor to obey orders that would emanate from such a person. #RDCVote #DRCElections pic.twitter.com/V2UaHm3A8L
— Martin Fayulu (@MartinFayulu) January 20, 2019
While Martin Fayulu called on the international community not to recognize President Tshisekedi, Felix Tshisekedi received the first congratulations from African leaders. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has advocated for “respect” for the “sovereignty” of the DRC. In addition to the Southern Africa organization, Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), John Pombe Magufuli (Tanzania) and Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi) also congratulated Felix Tshisekedi on Twitter.
Par un processus électoral entièrement organisé sans influence extérieure et la sagesse du Président Kabila, la #RDC vient de défendre sa dignité et sa souveraineté. Le #Burundi félicite le Président élu, SE Félix A. Tshisekedi ainsi que le pas franchi par le Peuple Congolais.
— Pierre Nkurunziza (@pnkurunziza) January 20, 2019
The African Union Commission said in its statement that it “takes note of the proclamation [final results] of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections”, calling on “all the actors concerned” to work towards “the preservation of peace and stability and the promotion of national harmony “.
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