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Principled Magufuli deserts Kagame’s Controversial AU Faction, Recognizes DRC President Elect

Tanzania President John Pompe Magufuli has gone against the African Union Resolution reached after the controversial Democratic Republic of Congo Elections conducted last month.

Speaking via his Twitter handle, Magufuli congratulated president elect H.E Flex Tshekedi unlike the African Union led by Rwanda’s Paul Kagame that has hesitated to recognize him.

According to Magufuli, he willing to uphold his historic and brotherly ties.

He adds that there is need to keep peace in the region.

“Following the judgement by the High Constitutional Court. I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC. While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties.” He stated.

Following the judgement by the High Constitutional Court. I congratulate HE. Felix Tshisekedi on his election as President of the DRC. While congratulating all the Congolese, I beseech you to maintain peace and affirm my commitment to furthering our historic and brotherly ties.— Dr John Magufuli (@MagufuliJP) January 20, 2019

During the weekend, the constitutional court in the Democratic Republic of Congo upheld the victory of opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi.

The court rejected an appeal by Martin Fayulu, another opposition contender in the 30 December poll.

Mr Fayulu argued that Mr Tshisekedi had made a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila. Mr Tshisekedi’s team denies this.

Despite the court ruling, Mr Fayulu said he was a “legitimate” president.

Mr Fayulu also urged the international community not to recognise the official election result.

The African Union (AU) said on Friday that there were “serious doubts” about the outcome of elections.

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