Felix Tshisekedi provisionally named new President of Congo

TOPSHOT - Democratic Republic of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress (Union pour la Democratie et le Progres Social - UDPS) party leader and presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi waves to the crowd during a campaign rally in Kinshasa, on December 21, 2018 in the courtyard of the party headquarter. - DR Congo's troubled journey to elect a successor to the incumbent president hit a fresh snag on December 20, 2018 three days before voting, as electoral supervisors ordered a week-long postponement after a fire destroyed polling equipment. (Photo by Luis TATO / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUIS TATO/AFP/Getty Images)

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says.

The provisional result puts him ahead of rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who has denounced it as a fraud. France has also questioned the outcome. If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence.

In the early hours of Thursday the head of DR Congo’s National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Corneille Nangaa, said Mr Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote and had been “provisionally declared the elected president”.


Martin Fayulu, a former oil tycoon and opposition candidate, dismissed the results as having “nothing to do with the truth”.

“The Congolese people will never accept such a fraud. Felix Tshisekedi never got 7 million votes. Where did he get them from?”

The Foreign Minister for France, Yves Le Drian said that the results are the “opposite to what we expected”, and said that the Catholic Church who had 40,000 observers at the elections found “completely different” results.

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