Felix Tshisekedi winnaar verklaard in omstreden uitslag
January 10, 2019 -- Oppositiekandidaat Felix Tshisekedi is uitgeroepen tot de verrassende winnaar van de langverwachte presidentsverkiezingen in de Democratische Republiek Congo, terwijl het uitgestrekte land zich opmaakte voor mogelijke protesten wegens vermeende fraude.
Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38 percent according to the electoral commission's results, had not been widely considered the leading candidate and is relatively untested. The son of late opposition leader Etienne, who pursued Congo's presidency for many years, he startled Congolese shortly before the election by breaking away from an opposition effort to unite behind a single candidate.
Tshisekedi's victory was quickly contested by opposition leader Martin Fayulu, who charged the results were rigged.
Fayulu, who vowed in his campaign to to clean up Congo's widespread corruption, received more than 6 million votes, or 34 percent, of the electoral commission's results. He claims that he won a majority of the votes and that he was deprived of victory because a deal was made with Tshisekedi.
Fayulu urged the Catholic Church to release the results from its team of 40,000 observers who recorded voting tallies posted at each of the polling centres. Last week, the Catholic Church said their observations showed a clear winner, and many say that was Fayulu.
Some observers suggested that President Joseph Kabila's government made a deal with Tshisekedi to declare him the winner, as hopes faded for ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who received just 23 percent of the official results.
The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them.