April 13, 2024

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U.S Press Statement mentions Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo Wins Re-election Amidst Controversy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In a press statement released by Matthew Miller, Department Spokesperson, on January 1, 2024, the United States congratulated Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo on his re-election to a second term as President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). However, concerns regarding the integrity of the electoral process were also raised.

The statement acknowledged the commitment of the Congolese people in making their voices heard throughout the electoral process. It also highlighted the importance of leadership, accountability, and inclusivity in building national cohesion. Despite these positive sentiments, the statement pointed out significant delays and barriers to voting on election day, attributed to insecurity, logistical issues, and preparatory shortcomings.

Incidents of fraud and corruption were noted as raising doubts about the integrity of the election results, as highlighted by both domestic and international observation missions. The United States called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to ensure greater transparency in the tabulation of remaining results. Furthermore, they strongly urged Congolese authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of the electoral process, investigate and hold accountable those who attempted to undermine the will of the people, and take into consideration recommendations to improve future elections.

Despite these concerns, the United States expressed its eagerness to expand its partnership with the DRC government and collaborate with the Congolese people to advance mutual interests.

The re-election of Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo as President of the DRC has been marred by controversy, with questions surrounding the integrity of the electoral process. As the nation looks towards the future, it remains crucial for authorities to address these concerns and work towards ensuring transparent and fair elections in the years to come.

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