Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential election
DR Congo – Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has secured a surprise win in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election, according to the country’s electoral commission.
The results came in the early hours of the morning in the Central African country (DR Congo), after nearly two weeks of speculation and reports of election irregularities. If deemed legitimate, this will be the country’s first democratic transition of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.
The election had always been a three-horse race. The other two contenders were former interior minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the preferred successor of President Joseph Kabila, and businessman Martin Fayulu.
After the results, Fayulu said he categorically rejected the outcome and called for the release of the name “of the person who really was our people’s choice.”
His comments were echoed by French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said that the election results did not match what was witnessed during the vote count.
Either way, the stage now seems set for the exit of Kabila, who has ruled the resource-rich Central African country with an iron fist since 2001.