DRC swears in Felix Tshisekedi as new president


The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has sworn in Felix Tshisekedi as its new president in the country’s first peaceful transition of power since becoming an independent nation.

The historic swearing-in ceremony saw the DRC’s ruling coalition hand over power for the first time. Tshisekedi replaces Joseph Kabila as the country’s next ruler and the new president vowed to heal the DRC from “division, hate [and] tribalism”.

Tshisekedi sworn in as DRC president

Tshisekedi was sworn in on Thursday in the capital city of Kinshasa but the ceremony was temporarily disrupted when the 55-year-old fell ill and collapsed at the podium. Tshisekedi was back at the podium within a matter of minutes, explaining he was exhausted by the drawn-out election process and emotions of the events.

Tshisekedi’s election victory has been marred by accusations of election fraud with rival opposition members suggesting he struck a deal with his predecessor Joseph Kabila and the coalition group that ruled the DRC for almost 60 years.

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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.