January 11, 2019 / 12:12 PM / 5 months ago

SADC bloc calls for calm in DRC amid election outcome dispute

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of Congolese main opposition party the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)and Presidential candidate, attends an election event in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The Southern African Development Community on Friday called for calm in the Democratic Republic Congo amid a dispute over the result of presidential vote.

Congo’s electoral commission on Thursday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of last month’s chaotic presidential election, but the runner-up dismissed the outcome as an “electoral coup”.

Reporting by Tiisetso Motsoeneng; Editing by Alison Williams

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