AU respects Congo's Constitutional Court ruling, calls for calm and non-violence to address post-elections grievances

By African Union Commission (AUC)

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, said the AU respects the decision of the Republic of Congo's Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, to validate the results of the presidential elections of 20 March 2016.

The Chairperson of the Commission calls for calm, while encouraging all political leaders and stakeholders to make use of recognized and legal channels to seek a peaceful resolution to disputed election results,

The Chairperson has condemned all acts of violence that have followed the 20 March elections, particularly the fighting that broke out in Brazzaville on 4 April 2016. She has called on all political actors and the general public to exercise restraint in order to avoid further degeneration of an already fragile post-elections context.

The Chairperson reiterates the AU's support respect for the rule of law and principles of democratic practices before, during and after elections.