NAIROBI, Kenya — Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have slammed "serious errors" in recent presidential elections and called on the electoral commission responsible for the shambolic polls to make amends or resign.
The church is influential in Congo, and its opinion carries particular weight when it comes to the elections because it deployed the largest independent monitoring team.
A statement signed by 35 bishops denounced the election saying it took place amid a "climate of fear" and widespread fraud.
International election observers refused to sign off on the vote calling into question the legitimacy of Joseph Kabila's re-election.
His main opponent, Etienne Tshisikedi, has also claimed victory.
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The call by the bishops follows comments from the Archbishop of Kinshasa Laurent Monsengwo who described the results as illegitimate and has called for peaceful protests to be held next week.