US Troops Deployed to Central Africa Over Concerns of Violence in Congo

Results are still coming in from 73,000 voting stations across the DR Congo

While Congo has been largely calm on and after election day, Trump's letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said about 80 military personnel and "appropriate combat equipment" had deployed to nearby Gabon to support the security of USA citizens and staffers and diplomatic facilities.

"Additional forces may deploy to Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or the Republic of the Congo, if necessary for these purposes".

The first partial results were initially expected on Tuesday but CENI spokesman Jean-Pierre Kalamba said that they would not be ready until around Friday.

Tension has risen further over the marathon counting process with opposition fears running high that the result will be rigged to favour Mr Kabila's preferred successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

Amy Lieu is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

A negative or cautionary global reaction could be problematic for Kabila whose government has defended the election's organisation, and could weaken the legitimacy of Kabila's hand-picked successor, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, should he be declared victor.

It not yet clear when the results would be ready, he said, adding: "It will not be possible to announce the results tomorrow".

Observers reported irregularities amid the balloting.

"Those who undermine the democratic process, threaten the peace, security or stability of the DRC, or benefit from corruption may find themselves not welcome in the United States and cut off from the US financial system", he said, referring to sanctions.

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The church's letter to the electoral commission's president comes a day before the expected announcement of the first, partial results of the December 30 election.

The Catholic church, which holds a great deal of power in the country, has said its data show a clear victor - a comment that has angered Congo's ruling party.

The other leading candidates were Fayulu, a businessman and lawmaker in Kinshasa, and Felix Tshisekedi, son of late opposition icon Etienne and head of Congo's most prominent opposition party. More will deploy as needed to Gabon, Congo or neighboring Republic of Congo, he wrote.

Most voters in Congo went to the polls Sunday - after more than two years of delays and countless protests - to elect the successor to President Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years.

The electoral commission (CENI) is scheduled to announce results on Sunday but it has said that there could be delays because of the slow arrival of tally sheets.

The country's powerful National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), which represents the country's Catholic bishops, warned popular anger could result in the event the final result were not "true to the verdict of the ballot box". "We are making progress, but we do not have everything yet".

The ruling FCC (Common Front for the Congo) told the BBC only the electoral commission is officially allowed to announce results.

"Every time that presidential election results are published, regardless of which side who wins, there is always one side which is dissatisfied and wants to exploit the students", Mbikayi told AFP in Kinshasa.

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