DAKAR (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is divided over how to react to Democratic Republic of Congo’s tumultuous presidential election, according to an internal report seen by Reuters.
The United States also condemned a lack of transparency in last Sunday’s contest, while China, a major investor, lauded the process.
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The election to pick a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the country of 80 million people since his father was assassinated in 2001, should mark the first democratic transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.
But tensions have risen since the vote after observers reported a litany of irregularities that the opposition says is part of the ruling party’s effort to steal it.
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Worried that the dispute could spark the kind of violence seen after the 2006 and 2011 elections, the Security Council met on Friday to discuss how to react.
“Tensions were mounting while the CENI tabulated the results, notably in light of posturing by parties and candidates,” Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, told the meeting, according to the internal report.
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But the 15 council members “differed in their appreciation of the problems that beset the process and were divided over the question of whether the Council should issue a press statement,” the report went on to say.
A negative or cautionary international reaction could be problematic for Kabila whose government has defended the election’s organization, and could weaken...
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