Elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo had “major faults”, but were possibly the most democratic the country has ever held, according to the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy. In a wide-ranging interview with RFI, Donald Trump’s Africa policy chief talked about the “serious” nature of Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis and Russian involvement in the Central African Republic.

“I look at Congo and other parts of Africa as an ongoing evolutionary process,” said Nagy, referring to the election of Felix Tshisekedi at the end of 2018. The most significant outcome is that “Kabila is gone”.

“The elections obviously had major faults to it, but at the same time I look at Congo and other parts of Africa as an ongoing evolutionary process,”

The Trump administration in February for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding the December polls.

The president of the country’s parliament, head of the constitutional court and three top officials from the electoral commission were targeted by the US for a “blatant disregard for democratic principles and human rights”.

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