The annulment of the November 28 presidential election, a new vote and formation of a transition government until the new appointment at the polls. This is the request made by three of the presidential candidates, Léon Kengo wa Dondo, Antipas Mbusa and Adam Bombole, in a joint statement released by the Congolese media. The leaders of the opposition call for cooperation between the presidential candidates, political and civil society leaders in the elaboration of a “realistic agenda for a democratic, transparent and credible election”. The three suggest in the statement that the transition government should be made up by experts who do not intend to run in the presidential election.
The confirmation of President Joseph Kabila with over 48% of votes was disputed by the opposition and mainly by his challenger Etienne Tshisekedi, who came in second with 32% of votes and for months has denounced irregularities in the preparation of the election.
Negative reports of both international and national observers mounted over the past days. Washington in the past hours strongly urged the Congolese authorities to verify the complaints of irregularities.