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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #292 - Echoes of Africa, Electoral masquerade in the DRC: alternation without change (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:16:52 +0200

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has once again proved to the world that it is democratic only by name. Yet, on paper, there was a good point: the outgoing president had not represented ! ---- Indeed, after eighteen years of rule including two years of presidency outside the mandate, national and international pressure had dissuaded Joseph Kabila to apply for his own succession at the head of a failed state. Since at least December 2017, social movements demanded the organization of these elections, during demonstrations usually resulting in a few deaths and hundreds of wounded, results of a repression exerted by the police or the army ... whose France has trained executives thanks to its " security and defense " cooperation !

France was not the most virulent to push Kabila to the exit. On the contrary, it wanted to preserve its interests (or rather those of the Total group at Lake Albert) by delaying or blocking European sanctions against the regime's leaders. In addition, the DRC benefits from French know-how in " law and order " through military and police cooperation agreements.

Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential scarf of former Congolese President Joseph Kabila on January 24, 2019, in Kinshasa (Jerome Delay / AP / SIPA)
After an electoral process tainted by numerous irregularities (disqualification of some candidates, violence, closures of polling stations), the Independent National Electoral Commission (in reality under power) has appointed Felix Tshisekedi as victorious with 38.6 % of the votes cast. voice. However, his main opponent Martin Fayulu would have, according to several serious observers, collected more than 60 % of the votes but is finally ranked 2nd with 35 % of the votes.

France, as well as many other states (including the African Union), had questioned the results announced in the first announcements of results, apparently coming from tripatouillages. This reaction was surprising because many other African electoral masquerades have recently been endorsed in general indifference (Togo, Cameroon, Gabon, etc.). This challenge has raised many hopes in the Congolese population, very mobilized not to be robbed once again of elections. Unfortunately, the constitutional court, by validating the election, cut off the African Union's attempts to mediate, and everyone eventually recognized the legitimacy of Tshisekedi.

Sad news for all the Democrats of the continent, but a result recognized by the Quai d'Orsay, who immediately " took note " , and by Emmanuel Macron, who wrote to the new president and " assured of determination France to strengthen our relationship in all areas . " What better still, if possible, the image of the " country of the rights of the man " with the African militants and their supports !

Christmas Surge (AL Carcasonne)

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