JOHANNESBURG | AP Explains: Why Congo’s election could lead to violence
JOHANNESBURG —Jan 06, 2019—The results of Congo’s presidential election were delayed Sunday. Some 80 U.S. military personnel have been deployed to Central Africa to protect U.S. assets from possible “violent demonstrations” in Congo over the election outcome. The international community has warned Congo’s government that the results must accurately reflect the people’s will — and that internet service should be restored.
The Catholic Church, a powerful critic during two years of election delays, has angered Congo’s ruling party by saying data collected by its 40,000 vote observers show a clear winner.