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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:48 - Updated Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:52

President back in Luanda

Addis Ababa - The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, returned this Friday to Luanda after a trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he attended two summit on initiatives to contain the tension in DRC, since the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential, legislative and provincial elections.

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The result of the elections of December 30, gave victory to candidate Felix Tshisekedi and the Alliance for the Presidential Majority (AMP) party.

In recent days, accusations have been made by some international observers and the world press of alleged irregularities in the counting of votes, pointing to a supposed electoral victory of the candidate Martin Fayulu.

At the SADC Double Troika Summit, which included the Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, the regional organ considered that the elections in DRC were historical, but called for avoidance of acts detrimental to the electoral process.

The Summit called for continued peacemaking, security and cooperation in the DRC and in the region and reaffirmed SADC's commitment to support political processes in DRC as well as neutralize negative forces and other groups operating in the East.

The event also appealed the international community to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC in the light of the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the SADC Treaty.

SADC leaders welcomed the Government of the DRC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) for organizing and conducting generally peaceful elections, notwithstanding some logistical incidents and difficulties, associated with the impediments caused by the outbreak the Ebola virus and acts of insurrection against security.

The Angolan Head of State took part in another summit, chaired by the African Union incumbent chair Paul Kagame, attended by 10 African Heads of State, also seeking high-level consultations on the political situation in the DRC.

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