Elections in the DRC: The Results, Opposition and Politics Ahead
15 April 2019 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM
Chatham House, London
Felix Tshisekedi was declared the winner of the December 2018 presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 38.5 per cent of the vote, to fellow opposition candidate Martin Fayulu’s 34.8 per cent. Though heralded as the country’s first democratic transfer of power, the outcome of the election has faced a formal challenge and significant contestation particularly in light of doubts raised by the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). With his victory upheld by the Constitutional Court, President Tshisekedi has subsequently moved to agree a power-sharing deal with the Common Front for Congo (FCC) coalition led by former president Joseph Kabila and further intensifying speculation around the election result in an already deeply divisive political context.
At this event, Martin Fayulu will reflect on the election process and his challenge of the result and will discuss the outlook for the DRC’s political landscape.
Martin Fayulu, President, Engagement pour la Citoyenneté et le DéveloppementChair: Alan Doss, President, Kofi Annan Foundation; Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2007-10)
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