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With Tshisekedi likely to win elections, DRC is back on track

January 5, 2019

Although the official position of the Electoral Commission in the DRC is that the outcome of the presidential election will be announced this Sunday, January 6, it is already clear from the provisional returns that Felix Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress has won the election.

The DRC has 26 provinces. Tshisekedi won in 14 of these provinces with a large margin of popular votes averaging 48 per cent of the total votes. Next to him is Martin Fayulu, with 25 per cent of the popular votes gained mainly from the 10 provinces he carried.

Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, Joseph Kabila’s protégé, garnered 22 per cent of the popular votes and carried only two provinces.

The two opposition candidates have agreed to work together in the post-election period. Between them, they have majority support of the 24 out of 26 provinces and a total of 73 per cent of the popular vote. This is a comfortable and solid majority.

In his first public address after knowing these provisional results, Tshisekedi appealed to the Congolese people to embrace this opposition victory as a victory for peace, security, national unity, justice, democracy and an opportunity to rebuild the DRC after decades of war and the death of over six million Congolese. He further made it clear that, together with Martin Fayulu and all comrades in the opposition, they are willing to extend an arm of national reconciliation to the departing Kabila government in the interest of a stable, peaceful and democratic DRC. In other words, we can as well say that a broad united democratic front will provide the framework for Tshisekedi’s government.

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