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Egypt's Sisi congratulates Congo president-elect after contested poll

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Jan 2019
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A file photo of Egypt's president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi congratulated Congo’s new president-elect Felix Tshisekedi in a letter he sent on Monday, a day after a Congo court upheld the results of the country’s disputed election.

El-Sisi is one of a number of African leaders who sent a flurry of congratulations to the new Congolese leader on Sunday and Monday, a sign that the controversial vote will not be questioned internationally.

El-Sisi congratulated Tshisekedi for “the confidence given to him by the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which demonstrates their belief in his leadership abilities and vision to achieve stability, development and prosperity in the country,” Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

El-Sisi stressed he is looking forward to continuing to boost bilateral ties between Egypt and Congo under Tshisekedi, adding that he hopes to meet "at the earliest opportunity"," the statement said.

Congo’s Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Tshisekedi on Sunday, rejecting claims of fraud and a request by runner-up Martin Fayulu for a recount in the Dec. 30 vote.

The court's announcement came after the African Union asked for the final results to be postponed, citing “serious doubts” about the vote which raised fears that the crisis could trigger unrest in the the Central African nation.

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