DRC: Court confirms Felix Tshisekedi as election winner

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) constitutional court has ruled that Felix Tshisekedi won last month’s disputed presidential election.

The court has dismissed a challenge from second-placed candidate Martin Fayulu who insists he was the rightful winner in the poll – a claim allegedly backed up by electoral data collected by the DRC’s Catholic Church.

DRC court upholds election result

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the surprising winner of last month’s election, beating favourite Martin Fayulu and ruling coalition candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary.

Martin Fayulu instantly claimed he actually won the vote by a large margin and data from the DRC’s Catholic Church – which stationed thousands of electoral observers throughout the poll – also suggests he was the rightful winner.

However, the country’s constitutional court has rejectedFayulu’s appeal, ruling in favour of the electoral commission’s result. The opposition leader has accused the court of a constitutional coup and called for civil disobedience after the ruling.

His camp accuses Tshisekedi of striking a power-sharing deal with outgoing president Joseph Kabila who held on to power for more than two years after his mandate officially ended in December 2016.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.