Belgium to discuss Congo elections in UN council

Published: January 10, 2019 19:26:23 | Updated: January 11, 2019 17:54:34


Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says his country plans to raise concerns over Congo’s contested election at the UN Security Council, where Belgium has just taken a two-year seat.

Reynders told Belgian state broadcaster RTBF on Thursday that “what we’re waiting for now is to see the reaction of the Congolese themselves as well as the observers who were able to monitor vote counting.”

He said the election process “was chaotic and I can understand the concerns already being expressed in several places.”

The surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi is disputed by opposition figure Martin Fayulu, who alleges a backroom deal with President Joseph Kabila, according to AP.

Reynders said: “We’re going to find out what’s going on, of course, and then decide what action to take, and notably around the table at the Security Council.”

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