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Internet Shutdown as Vote Count Unfolds in DR Congo

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Counting is ongoing in presidential elections finally held last December 30 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), after several postponements.

The campaign of former oil executive and opposition candidate Martin Fayulu on Wednesday accused the government of shutting down of the Internet in order, according to him, avoid broadcasting his “overwhelming victory”.

Global, DR Congo’s Internet provider, sent out a text message to customers letting them know that the government ordered the shutdown.

The opposition field includes Felix Tshisekedi, the son of the late veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi.

Observers have reported widespread irregularities in the ballot.

After 17 years in power, President Joseph Kabila is stepping down in what observers hope can be DR Congo’s first-ever orderly transfer of power since the country won independence from Belgium in 1960.

Kabila’s former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary is the ruling party’s candidate.

[Photo courtesy of the official DR Congo website]

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