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The people want to see results

In a medium-sized hall in Kinshasa have prepared the followers of Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary everything. You have decorated the stage with large banners on which Shadary as the new President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is celebrated. Chairs, a large stack of beverage packs are in the hall and in the corner – it is thought of everything. Only the Party has not started still. On Sunday, the election Commission wanted the results of the presidential election of 30. December publish, delayed the announcement, but in the short term, for an indefinite period of time due to technical problems. Critics say, in truth, the government need more time to falsify the results of the elections.

Almost 40 million citizens were called to elect a new President. Joseph Kabila, since 2001, head of state, was not allowed to compete according to the Constitution. Actually, the elections were supposed to take place already in 2016, but Kabila was simply remained in office. In the summer of 2018, he sent Emmanuel ramazani was the photographer Shadary into the race, his loyal former Minister of the interior.


were allowed, Since then, Kabila is doing everything to secure Shadary the victory. The two most popular candidates from the Opposition were not admitted to the election in their strongholds of the ballot on March was postponed, critical media were banned, the events of the opponent Shadarys part forcibly prevented.

election observers from Europe and the USA were not allowed into the country, declared the Congolese election observers that 24 percent of the observed polling stations had closed, although voters waited for their vote. In about 18 per cent of the polling stations, the machines would not work properly, and the results had not been publicly posted.

In several places members of the electoral authority should be seen to have been, as you rigged the ballot on copiers, in the private house of a regional returning officer 60 voting machines are to be surfaced. During the Counts, the government had shut down the Internet, the broadcasting of Radio France International was disrupted. The same time, Corneille Nanga, the chief of the national electoral Commission announced the change, soon in the raw material industry, he had acquired lucrative mining rights in Eastern Congo. The Opposition sees it as a reward to the Congolese government for a successful falsification of the election.

not all is so simple it seems. The Regime of Kabila had "been in control of the election lost, because not enough election officials were bribed", reports the magazine "Africa Confidential" citing anonymous government sources. The Catholic bishops 'conference informed the end of last week, Western diplomats that their 40'000 observers from the polling stations displayed the results had already calculated the end result.

The Secretary-General of the bishops ' conference, Donatien Nshole, said publicly: "The Figures of the present official logs show that a President has been elected. Therefore, the choice of line is required, as a democratic Institution, to publish the results, with full responsibility, and out of respect for the truth and justice." Who in your view is the winner, said the bishops. According to media reports and the statements of Western diplomats, it should be Martin Fayulu, the sun about 20 percentage points in the lead.

"a soldier of the people"

The 61-year-old Fayulu was for many years Manager of the Oil company Exxon, and unlike some of the other opposition politicians always kept a large distance to the Kabila Regime. In Kinshasa, thousands of people against Kabila's whereabouts demonstrated in the office, he went as the only well-known politician in front and was injured by the police difficult. "A soldier of the people" call him, his followers, and to celebrate him, already occasionally as the new President. Until then, it is still a long way to the Regime of Kabila and the candidate Shadary show no signs of accepting defeat. An adviser to Kabila, the Church threatened with the consequences, should you put your "anarchic behavior". The Church in turn is to accept a fake election result and announced resistance. Observers fear an escalation of violence.

The US has moved 80 soldiers into neighbouring Gabon, to help, if necessary, in the evacuation of U.S. citizens. The Ministry of foreign Affairs in Washington threatened the government of Kabila with sanctions, should they delay the electoral process further. "The United States stand on the side of the million voters in Congo," said a spokesman. The politicians in the Congo would now need to "do the Right thing".

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 06.01.2019, 19:59 PM

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