Opposition Leader Tshisekedi Wins DR Congo Presidential Vote
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on January 11, 2019
Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the presidential election, the electoral commission announced early Thursday, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging. Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes or 38 percent, had not been widely considered the leading candidate. Some observers have suggested that President Joseph Kabila’s government sought to make a deal as hopes faded for a win for ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Shadary received more than 4 million votes or 23 percent. It is not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who led in polling and warned against manipulation, will contest the results. The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them. Fayulu received more than 6 million votes or 38 percent. Tshisekedi, son of late opposition icon Etienne yet relatively unknown, has achieved what his father pursued for decades.
Courtesy of the Nilepost