At least one person was killed during protests over the outcome of local elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators on Friday night.
Protests in Congo have been used in the past as a pretext for US forces stationed in Gabon to prepare to take military action. Trump sent about 80 troops to Gabon in early January of 2019 and explained, “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.”
Members of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress took to the streets in the capital Kinshasa and in other parts of the country, questioning the results of the election after the party failed to win any senate seats in the regional assembly.
While voters in Congo elect regional deputies, senators are chosen by those deputies.
The Union for Democracy and Social Progress party has been Congo’s longtime opposition under former President Joseph Kabila, and recently won presidential elections in December with candidate Felix Tshisekedi.