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Opposition's Tshisekedi declared winner in DRC election

Felix Tshisekedi

Felix Tshisekedi

After several days of intense speculation on the outcome of the DRC’s presidential elections, the country’s election board, CENI, proclaimed opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi the winner.

The result could lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. The announcement came as riot police were deployed in the capital, Kinshasa, amid fears of a disputed result in the December 30 vote marked by accusations of vote fraud. Tshisekedi garnered 38% of the votes (more than 7 million votes). 

The US embassy in the Democratic Republic of Congo had warned Americans to leave the country, as Congolese officials prepared to announce the results.

The embassy in Kinshasa posted an alert Wednesday that said Americans in Congo should make departure plans that do “not rely on U.S. government assistance.”

The message urged Americans to avoid large crowds and demonstrations, monitor local media for updates, and remain alert for dangerous situations.

Election challenges

The election in the DRC had been more than two years in the making. Postponed twice by the ruling coalition, the Common Front for the Congo, problems persisted even after a date was set. Nevertheless, the elections finally went ahead in late December.

There were a number of candidates vying to lead the country. The three key contenders were Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, from the governing Common Front for the Congo, who had close ties to the Kabila government. Martin Fayulu was chosen by the major opposition candidates after a meeting in Geneva in early November 2018.

Lastly there was Tshisekedi, leader of one of the Congo’s oldest opposition parties, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress.

Fayulu and ruling party candidate Shadary can contest the results before the country’s constitutional court, which has 10 days to hear and rule on any challenges.

President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to leave office this month after 18 years in power — and two years after the official end of his mandate. He backed Shadary, his former interior minister, in the election.

The DRC suffers from widespread corruption, continuing conflict, endemic disease, and some of the world’s highest levels of sexual violence and malnutrition. It is also rich in minerals, including those crucial to the world’s smartphones and electric cars.

Comments

0 #1 Juwait kali 2019-01-10 14:10
Does this mean wanainchi is one of the very few remaining wanna be strong man. Am worried about my NRM party I can't see any good news in the future.
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+1 #2 Stewart 2019-01-10 14:31
Soon we will be on our own, READ Uganda, as sections of Africans continues to give us surprises, of all places DRC !!!, and it makes for a difficult decision for the second runner up Mr Fayulu.

No matter the level of corruption, that's a tick for Kabila, Happy New Year DRC.
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+1 #3 Wooden K. 2019-01-10 15:57
No no no !

In shithole place with horrible past , how shall a man with only 38% support put this crap together and BALANCE THE BOAT ?

Of all hell places in the world . Congo needs FEDERO.
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0 #4 Lakwena 2019-01-10 16:12
In other words, I am green with envy. But Congratulations the people of DRC and congratulations Joseph Kabila for making a history.

I am sure Mr. Kabila now breathes with a sigh of relief.

What is happening in DR Congo should make Mr. M7 feel and look like an idiot, for being one of the remnants of African political lepers who, because of free food, clothing and shelter, do not want to leave power/State House.
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0 #5 Jama 2019-01-10 19:36
This should be a lesson to the national jajja.
However long the night can be daylight will always appear. Every beginning has an end .

A fruitful ending is better than a bitter one.
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