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Congolese Elections Chief Hires U.S. Law Firm to Fight Sanctions

  • U.S. Treasury imposed penalties in March over alleged graft
  • December vote brought opposition leader Tshisekedi to power

The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral body hired a Washington-based law firm to help overturn U.S. sanctions imposed on him after last year’s disputed presidential election.

The action comes after Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission criticized the U.S. government for handing down the penalties even after the Trump administration welcomed the outcome of the vote. Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won the election, marking the first transfer of power by the ballot box in the cobalt-rich central African nation since independence in 1960.