South Africa-DR Congo-Elections

S/Africa: Ramaphosa congratulates DRC president-elect

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo as president-elect of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after that country’s Constitutional Court confirmed the election outcome at the weekend.

"President Ramaphosa has called on all parties and all stakeholders in the DRC to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court and commit to continue with a journey of consolidating peace, uniting the people of Congo, and creating a better life for all," the presidency said on Sunday.

Ramaphosa also congratulated the people of the DRC for conducting peaceful elections and commended them for exercising restraint and staying calm while waiting for the Constitutional Court’s determination, which the DRC opposition’s losing candidate Martin Fayulu has condemned as flawed.

"And now that the highest court in the land has ruled, all the people of Congo and all stakeholders are urged to accept the outcome of the court and move on to consolidate democracy and preserve peace, stability, and security of the country," the president said.

Ramaphosa reiterated the need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC in keeping with UN Charter, the African Union Constitutive Act, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) treaty.

Ramaphosa assuring the president-elect and the people of the DRC of South Africa's continued commitment to support them in the journey to peace, stability, security, and development, the statement said.

However, Fayulu has called on his compatriots to take to the DRC’s streets to stage peaceful protests in order to “reclaim the people stolen victory.”

The opposition leader claims that Tshisekedi and outgoing President Joseph Kabila colluded to defraud him of victory, when records allegedly showed him as the winner of the presidential elections held last December.

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