Congo DR rejects African Union call to postpone poll result

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has rejected a call from the African Union (AU) for the announcement of the presidential election results to be suspended. 

The AU has said it has serious doubts about the integrity of the provisional result which gave victory to Felix Tshisekedi. 

Another opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has asked the constitutional court to nullify the result saying he won. 

It is clear the AU’s call for the election result to be postponed has angered the Congolese government. 

A spokesman Lambert Mende said the Constitutional Court was independent and no-one had the right to tell it what todo. 

The AU says its chair, the Rwandan president Paul Kagame, and other heads of state will soon head to Kinshasa to help find a way out of the crisis. 

Mr Mende said the delegation was welcome but insisted the post election process would remain unchanged. 

That suggests the swearing in of Félix Tshisekedi could happen within days if the Constitutional Court upholds his victory.

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