Opposition Leader Felix Tshisekedi Declared Winner Of DR Congo Presidential Poll

Felix Tshisekedi

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared as the winner of the last month’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s electoral commission declared on Thursday.

Corneille Nangaa, the president of the election commission (CENI), told a news conference at about 0200 GMT that Tshisekedi won with 38.57 percent of more than 18 million ballots cast.

“Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo is declared the provisionally- elected president of Democratic Republic of Congo,” Nangaa said, to a mixture of cheers and gasps inside CENI headquarters.

If Tshisekedi’s victory is confirmed in the next 10 days by the constitutional court, he will become the first leader to take power at the ballot box since Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, who was toppled in a coup less than three months after independence in 1960 and killed four months later.

 

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