The minister-president of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Rudy Demotte has hinted on Monday that the Federation would review its bilateral cooperation with the DRC if the result of the recent elections was to be rejected by public opinion in the drc. “Our ability to continue as a bilateral relationship is rich and intense with the democratic Republic of the Congo, based on the partnership and the trust, will be determined by the acceptance of these results by the Congolese people “, said on Monday Mr. Demotte, questioned in the commission of the Parliament by mep Hélène Ryckmans (Ecolo). Grateful to have little information at this stage of the examination, the minister-president assured that “no manipulation will not be tolerated on the results. These would be the accurate reflection of the vote of the Congolese people “.
While lamenting the exclusion of the european observers, Mr. Demotte noted the content of the opening statements published on 2 January by the observers of the development community of southern Africa, as well as those of the african Union (AU): “(they) indicate that the irregularities are not of such a nature as to call in question the result which will come from the ballot box, ” stressed the minister-president. “The chaos announced by several observers, has not taken place. We need to rejoice and, above all, to congratulate the congolese people for his passion and his peaceful management of this essential moment of democracy “, he added.
In his intervention, he has nonetheless criticized the decision of the congolese authorities to suspend access to the internet, to instant messaging systems, as well as the interference of Radio France International (RFI), decisions that are not ” compatible with democracy “, he judged. The Walloon Region and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to allocate a whole a little less than two million euros of direct and indirect assistance to the DRC every year.