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US Deploys Troops To Gabon Amid Fears Of Election Unrest In DR Congo

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
The US military has deployed soldiers to Gabon
amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring
Democratic Republic of Congo after its
presidential election.

US President Donald Trump told Congress on
Friday that the first of about 80 troops arrived
in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens
and diplomatic facilities should violence break
out in DRC’s capital Kinshasa
Voters in Congo went to the polls on December
30, two years after they were first scheduled
to be held, to elect the successor to President
Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 18
years.

“The first of these personnel arrived in
Gabon on January 2, 2019, with appropriate
combat equipment and supported by
military aircraft,” Trump’s letter to
Congress read.“Additional forces may
deploy to Gabon, the Democratic Republic
of the Congo, or the
Republic of the Congo, if necessary for
these purposes.”

“These deployed personnel will remain in
the region until the security situation in
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
becomes such that their presence is no
longer needed,” the letter continued.


Congo’s electoral commission is scheduled to
release the provisional results of the
presidential election on Sunday, but it has said
there could be delays because of the slow
arrival of tally sheets.

www.today.ng/news/africa/deploys-troops-gabon-amid-fears-unrest-congo-184785

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