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CENI declares Felix Tshisekedi presidential election winner

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 10, 2019 12:00

CENI declares Felix Tshisekedi presidential election winner

Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of a disorganised and contentious Dec. 30 presidential election.

The result could lead to Congo’s first democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960, with longtime President Joseph Kabila due to step down in coming days. However vote tallies compiled by Congo’s Catholic Church found that another opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu, clearly won the election, two diplomats said, raising the spectre of a standoff that many fear could lead to violence.Electoral Commission President Corneille Nangaa said Tshisekedi had received more than 7 million votes, compared to about 6.4 million for Fayulu and about 4.4 million for Kabila’s hand-picked candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary. Nangaa said 47.56 percent of voters participated in the election and that Tshisekedi won 38.57 percent of the votes. The result is certain to fuel further suspicion that Tshisekedi, who the last opinion polls before the election showed running well behind Fayulu, struck a power-sharing pact with Kabila.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 10, 2019 12:00

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