KINSHASA – Proclamation partial results of the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) giving victory to the opposition candidate, Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, who considered his predecessor as "partner of the democratic alternation".
On this occasion, the UN called on all stakeholders in the electoral process to settle "any disputes" through the institutional and legal mechanisms provided by the law.
Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, 55, is the "temporarily elected" president who is to succeed the outgoing head of state, Joseph Kabila, 47, proclaimed Wednesday night the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
million. Tshisekedi won with 38.57% of the vote, ahead of opposition leader Martin Fayulu, second with 34.8%, according to the results released by the Electoral Commission.
The ruling coalition's candidate, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, the former Minister of the Interior, came in third with 23.8% of the votes cast, while the other 18 contenders made scanty scores.
The results of this election, which took place on December 30, 2018, are still subject to appeal to the Constitutional Court.
This will have to proclaim the final results by January 15, according to the current electoral calendar, while the swearing-in of the new president, elected for a five-year term, is scheduled for January 18.
Félix Tshisekedi is the son of a Congolese historical figure, Etienne Tshisekedi, former prime minister and president of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS), who died in Brussels on 1 February 2017.
At the time of his first speech, after the publication of the results, he paid tribute to the incumbent president, Joseph Kabila, who considered him a "partner of democratic alternation".
"I pay tribute to President Joseph Kabila today, we must not consider him as an adversary, but rather as a partner of democratic alternation in our country," said Tshisekedi in front of his supporters gathered at the headquarters of his party the UDPS.
In Kinshasa, the Congolese have invested the street Wednesday night to express their relief and joy of the outcome of this electoral process which allowed, according to them, a "peaceful transition" and is an opportunity "to unite all the Congolese and the forces of the country. "
Appeals to the calm and to the settlement of litigation by legal way
On the same occasion, the ruling coalition announced that it had taken note of these provisional results, but reserved "the right to appeal".
"We are disappointed by the poor score we are awarded, but we take note of the provisional proclamation made by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) .We will see if any, how to introduce remedies by legal channels, "said Lambert Mende, spokesman of the Common Front for the Congo (FCC, ruling coalition) that supports the candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.
In contrast, the other opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu contested the victory of his rival, Felix Tshisekedi. He came in second with 34.8% of the vote, denouncing in a press conference an "electoral scam" and argued that "these results have nothing to do with the truth of the polls".
Its supporters also demonstrated Thursday in Kisangani (northeast) against the results announced by the electoral commission, local media reported that the police had to fire tear gas to disperse protesters went out to express their dissatisfaction .
Reflecting these developments, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to "refrain" from acts of violence after the proclamation of the results, calling on the settlement of disputes by the legal route in accordance with the laws of the Republic.
"The Secretary-General calls on all stakeholders to abstain from violent acts and to settle all electoral disputes through institutional mechanisms established in accordance with the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relevant electoral laws," he said. its spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, in a press statement made public Wednesday night from New York.
France, through the voice of its Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, also called for "calm" in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
"It seems that the results proclaimed are not consistent with the results that we have seen here or there," said Jean-Yves Le Drian on the news channel CNEWS.
"We must keep calm, avoid clashes and clarity about these results that are the reverse of what we imagined, what was advanced", continued Jean- Yves Le Drian