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Counting problems delay DRC election result

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Counting problems delay DRC election result


Tensions continue to run high as the Democratic Republic of Congo waits for the results of last month’s presidential election.

Officials say the outcome, which was meant to be announced on Tuesday, will not be known for at least another two days.

Supporters of his main rival have harsh words for incumbent President Joseph Kabila.

“We ask Mr Kabila to leave calmly. To leave the Congolese people to live here in peace as we were doing before. We want our president to be Etienne Tshisekedi, a president that people have voted for. That is all we want,” said one of Tshisekedi’s followers who was part of a crowd outside the presidential-hopeful’s house in the capital Kinshasa.

After a ballot marred by violence and the subject of allegations of electoral fraud, partial preliminary results put President Kabila ten points ahead of challenger Tshisekedi. However, logistical problems of counting the votes have delayed the real result.

Thousands have already fled the DRC, many leaving for the neighbouring Congo Republic, fearing for their safety ahead of the official announcement.

Some experts fear the result could even lead to civil war.

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