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Presidential Election In The DRC: Tshisekedi Proclaimed Winner, Fayulu Denounces “Electoral Coup”



Opposition Felix Tshisekedi after the provisional proclamation of his presidential election on January 10, 2019 in Kinshasa, DRC

This is an unprecedented event in the Democratic Republic of Congo and extremely rare in Central Africa: an opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was proclaimed Wednesday winner of the presidential election in a round three times postponed since late 2016.

After a very long wait, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) declared Tshisekedi winner with 38.57% of the vote, ahead of the other head of the divided opposition, Martin Fayulu, with 34.8% . He immediately challenged the result and denounced an “electoral coup”.

According to official results, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, 55, is the “temporarily elected” president who is to succeed outgoing head of state Joseph Kabila, 47 years old.

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