Congolese main opposition leader wins vote
Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, January 10th, 2019, 4:14
Felix Tshisekedi, the President of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPDS), the principal opposition party has won the long delayed election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Tshisekedi, 55, son of veteran opposition Chief Etienne Tshisekedi replaces in President Joseph Kabila who has ruled the mineral rich central African nation since his father Laurent Kabila was assassinated.
According to the vote results announced by Corneille Nangaa the president of Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) today Tshisekedi got 38.57 percent accounting for more than seven million votes. The voter turnout was more than 18 million ballots cast.
Martin Fayulu Madidi, the first runners up garnered 6.4 million votes while Kabila’s handpicked candidate and flag bearer for the ruling party, the People's Party for Reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD), Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary finished in the third position with 4.4 million votes.
Fayulu, the opposition coalition candidate immediately contested the CENI results describing them as “electoral coup”.
DRC has for the first time since it gained independence from the Belgians in 1960 seen a democratic transfer of power. The vast mineral rich African nation has hosted dictatorship and political unrest for over five decades.