Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th February 2019.

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Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We remain concerned about reported discrepancies between results for Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial elections held on 30 December 2018, and parallel tallies conducted by respected independent observers. We joined others in calling upon CENI (the DRC's electoral commission) to publish its data, which is a crucial step towards providing the stability that the DRC and the region needs. We have also voiced our concern through diplomatic channels, including at the UN Security Council and the EU.

The Congolese people clearly voted for change on 30 December. Following the inauguration of Felix Tshisekedi as President on 24 January 2019, we are engaging with his team to understand their plans for improving the DRC's stability and prosperity.

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