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Congo should consider unity government -southern African bloc

Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections, celebrate outside the party's headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner - RC16304EC4B0

JOHANNESBURG

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) thinks the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) should consider a government of national unity after its disputed presidential election, South Africa’s foreign minister said on Sunday.

“Seeing that there seems to have been an amicable resolution between (opposition leader Felix) Tshisekedi and (outgoing President Joseph) Kabila, it would make sense that this would take into account the (opposition) Fayulu group as well,” Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told a news conference.

“If this works and we have a government of national unity it would be a great step. That is just an idea put forward by SADC. It is not compelling anybody to go that way,” Sisulu said, speaking in Johannesburg. South Africa and Congo are both members of the SADC bloc.

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