After election upheaval, DRC inaugurates parliament with new president but left National Assembly dominated by supporters of former leader Joseph Kabila.
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DR Congo celebrates new President Felix Tshisekedi, historic occasion for a nation long beset by conflict, while keeping sharp eye on ex-president Kabila.
Felix Tshisekedi, 55, has emerged from his father’s shadow to become Congo’s next president after a disputed vote with runner-up Martin Fayulu.
On eve of leaving, Congo’s President Joseph Kabila urged the nation to “massively” support incoming leader Felix Tshisekedi after a disputed election.
Eager for peace some Congolese welcome President-elect Felix Tshisekedi to power, even if alleged election rigging may have led to his victory.
By all official measures, Felix Tshisekedi has won the presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But would the president elect be able to govern?
Congo’s capital was calm Sunday with residents attending church after Constitutional Court confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi.
The human rights issues of 2018 have spilled over into current events, particularly DRC and Zimbabwe, which had troubled elections in 2018 — stood out.
Congo’s Court early Sunday declared election of Felix Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud.
After a poll that has been widely criticized for irregularities and delays, tensions are running high. Several African bodies are calling for a recount.