#FactOfTheDay 10/01/2019 – Democratic Republic of Congo : the opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won presidential election

#FactOfTheDay 10/01/2019 – Democratic Republic of Congo : the opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi won presidential election

After the postponement of the proclamation of provisional results from Sunday to Thursday, Felix Tshisekedi has been declared early this morning to be the winner of the presidential election. The leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition party succeed Joseph Kabila whose second mandate expired two years ago. It is the first electoral transfer of power since independence of the DRC six decades ago. However, the decision dampened hopes that the transition would be peaceful.

Indeed, the result has come as a surprise to many observers who believed that the candidate of the ruling party, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, would be the victor of the election. He was hand-picked by Kabila to succeed him. Additionally, Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, was the outspoken opposition frontrunner from the pre-election polls with 47%. According to the DRC’s Catholic church, vote tallies revealed that Fayulu won the elections. Mr. Fayulu rejected the official results and called them an “electoral swindle”. Supporters of Fayulu have already protested in Kisangani (north-east) against the results proclaimed. Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general urged all parties to “refrain from violence and (…) to channel any electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms”. It is initially planned that the Constitutional Court will confirm the official results on January 15th. However, with the postponement of the proclamation of provisional results, it can still be delayed.

Laura van Lerberghe

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Laura Van Lerberghe

Diplômée d'un Master en sciences politiques, spécialisation relations internationales, les affaires européennes m'ont toujours passionné. Je suis désireuse d’exercer des responsabilités au sein d’une organisation pour analyser et décrypter les politiques européennes en vue de contribuer à l'émergence d'un espace public européen.Les questions liées à la cybersécurité m'intéressent tout particulièrement. Dans un contexte où les libertés individuelles sont sans cesse remises en cause, il est de fait important d'informer les différents acteurs des avancées européennes.

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