KINSHASA – Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was proclaimed Wednesday the winner of the presidential election in a round three times postponed since the end of 2016.
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, 55, is the "temporarily elected" president who is to succeed outgoing head of state Joseph Kabila, 47, proclaimed the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) after a very long wait
The results of the CENI may still be appealed to the Constitutional Court, which will declare the final results.
The DRC, the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, lives in a double historical situation. This is the first time an opponent has been proclaimed the winner of a presidential election after Kabila's two elections in 2006 and 2011.
It was also the first time the outgoing president agreed to withdraw under the pressure of the Constitution and not weapons. Mr. Kabila could not run for a third term
million. Tshisekedi wins with 38.57% of the vote, ahead of the other divided opposition leader, Martin Fayulu, second with 34.8%, according to the Electoral Commission.
The dolphin of the outgoing power, the former Minister of the Interior under sanctions of the European Union Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, arrives only in third place with 23.8%. The other 18 candidates make scanty scores.
The Constitutional Court must publish the final results by January 15, according to the current electoral calendar which took three days late.
The swearing in of the new president elected for a five-year term is scheduled for 18 January according to the same timetable. Félix Tshisekedi is the son of a major figure in Congolese political history, Etienne Tshisekedi, who died in Brussels on February 1, 2017.
million. Tshisekedi has teamed up for his campaign with former Speaker of the National Assembly Vital Kamerhe, who must become in case of confirmed victory Prime Minister according to the agreement between the two men. In recent days, Mr. Tshisekedi had also reached out to President Kabila.
President Kabila remains in office "until the effective installation of the new elected president", according to the Constitution.