January 10, 2019 / 9:13 AM / 5 months ago

Belgium to raise doubts about Congo vote result at U.N.

Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders arrives for the second day of a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, July 12, 2018. Tatyana Zenkovich/Pool via REUTERS

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders cast doubt on Thursday on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s election result, saying Belgium would use its temporary seat on the UN Security Council to seek clarification about Felix Tshisekedi surprise victory.

“We have some doubts that we need to check and which will be debated in the coming days in the Security Council,” Reynders, whose country was Congo’s former colonial power, told Belgian public broadcaster RTBF.

Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission on Thursday declared opposition leader Tshisekedi the winner of last month’s chaotic presidential election, but the runner-up dismissed the outcome as an “electoral coup”.

Reporting by Alastair Macdonald and Robin Emmott; Editing by Janet Lawrence; @macdonaldrtr

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