The President of the Republic of Rwanda and current Chairperson of the African Union (AU), Paul Kagame, convened a high-level consultation meeting of Heads of State and Government on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this Thursday, January 17 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, headquarters of the pan-African organization, a DR Congo media outlet reports.
According to a statement from the AU, the meeting will be preceded by the meeting of internal consultations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which recently took up the initiative to minimize post-electoral conflicts.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has called for a vote recount in order to minimize any post-electoral clashes.
This meeting comes at the pressure and disputes of the electoral mount. martin Fayulu has filed a complaint for the Constitutional Court to review his appeal. Fayulu Martin, along with his supporters, calls for a vote recount.
The AU did not give details of the agenda of the meeting, which will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
On the margins of #ADSW I consulted President Lourenço of Angola on the #DRC situation, which SADC has been following with great interest. A Double Troika will jointly convene, preceding a consultative meeting with the African Union on the same issue, on 17 Jan 2019, Addis Ababa.
— Hage G. Geingob (@hagegeingob) January 15, 2019
The NewsTimes reports that this meeting with the AU and the SADC block was confirmed by the incoming president of SADC, Hage G. Geingob, the President of Namibia.
Martin Fayulu—the runner up—, rejected the vote results and claims that he won by a landslide and that Tshisekedi struck a deal with Kabila to be declared the victor.
Tshisekedi and Kabila have both denied these allegations.
Tuesday, the Attorney General suggested to the High Court to dismiss Martin Fayulu’s motion, the Actualite.cd reports.
Congo’s Catholic Church, one of the most powerful and influential institutions in the country, said that its own tally of the polls shows a different winner to the one announced by the electoral commission.
The African Union had, however, earlier recognized the presidential results of the long-delayed elections in the Central African country. It is still unclear how this ‘high level’ meeting, convened by Paul Kagame, will unravel this puzzling DR Congo elections.
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