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African leaders, SADC applaud Tshisekedi as DRC president-elect

African leaders, SADC applaud Tshisekedi as DRC president-elect

Democratic Republic Of Congo

<p>African leaders have extended congratulatory messages on the newly elected president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (<span class="caps">DRC</span>), Felix Tshisekedi.</p> <p>Barely 24 hours after his confirmation by Congo’s Constitutional Court as president-elect on Sunday, some African leaders and the Southern African Development Community (<span class="caps">SADC</span>) shared their messages on Twitter.</p> <p>Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyata described the victory of Tshisekedi as a show of confidence by Congolese people in the governance of the country.</p> <p>‘‘Your victory is a portrayal of the confidence of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in your ideals, leadership and vision for the future,’‘ he added. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations President-elect Tshisekedi on your victory in the recent General Elections. Your victory is a portrayal of the confidence of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in your ideals, leadership and vision for the future.</p>— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) <a href="https://twitter.com/UKenyatta/status/1087012275360284672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>President John Magufuli while congratulating the Congolese people raised assured commitments to support and foster brotherly ties between Congo and Tanzania.</p> <p>South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa in a statement called on all parties and all stakeholders in the <span class="caps">DRC</span> to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court.</p> <p>‘‘Commit to continue with a journey of consolidating peace, uniting the people of Congo and creating a better life for all,’‘ he added.  </p> <p>The Southern African Development Community (<span class="caps">SADC</span>) secretariat also recognized Felix Tshisekedi’s victory and called on all stakeholders to support him and his government to maintain unity, peace & stability; in <br /> attaining socio-economic development in the country.</p> <p>‘‘Through a fully organized electoral process without outside influence and the wisdom of President Kabila, the <span class="caps">DRC</span> has just defended its dignity and sovereignty. </p> <p>“Burundi congratulates the president-elect, H.E. Felix A. Tshisekedi as well as the step taken by the Congolese People,” Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza said in a tweet.</p> <p>Congo’s top court confirmed Felix Tshisekedi as president on Sunday, despite the ruling, second-placed Martin Fayulu rejected the result and called for protests which call went largely unheeded.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Par un processus électoral entièrement organisé sans influence extérieure et la sagesse du Président Kabila, la <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RDC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RDC</a> vient de défendre sa dignité et sa souveraineté. Le <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Burundi?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Burundi</a> félicite le Président élu, SE Félix A. Tshisekedi ainsi que le pas franchi par le Peuple Congolais.</p>— Pierre Nkurunziza (@pnkurunziza) <a href="https://twitter.com/pnkurunziza/status/1086898283132395521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 20, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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