Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the electoral commission early Thursday morning.
Felix Tshisekedi succeeds Joseph Kabila, who could not represent himself.
"Having obtained 7'051'013 valid votes, or 38.57%, is proclaimed provisionally elected President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Mr. Tshisekedi Tshilombo Felix" said the President of the Electoral Commission. This unprecedented result in the DRC can still be appealed to the constitutional court.
The DRC is experiencing an unprecedented situation since the withdrawal of President Kabila, who has not sought a third mandate prohibited by the constitution. His predecessors were all overthrown by force, starting with his father, Laurent-Desire, who was murdered by a bodyguard on January 16, 2001.
Voters had the choice between sending power to the dolphin, former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, or a historic alternation, led by one of the two opposition candidates, Martin Fayulu or Felix Tshisekedi.
Portrait of the new president
"Fatshi", nickname of the president-elect, was supported by the war machine of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, founded by his father Etienne in the 80s against the dictatorship of Marshal Mobutu.
Tshisekedi Jr., 55, is not the spitting political portrait of the "sphynx of Limete", nickname of his late father. "Etienne was stubborn and proud. Felix is more diplomatic, more conciliatory, more attentive to others ", testifies a good connoisseur of the Congolese opposition.
Easily recognizable by its large size and massive build, the man is indeed courteous. The tone of the voice is measured in the whirlwind of electoral passions.
Source: Cameroon online