DRC: Constitutional court confirms Tshisekedi victory

President Félix Tshisekedi got 73.47% of the vote during the 20 December election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the country’s Constitutional Court has ruled.

The DRC held a presidential, legislative, regional and local election on 20 December that opposition leaders had called a “sham”.

Nine opposition candidates signed a declaration in late December rejecting what they termed a “sham” election and called for a re-run.

More than 40 million people out of the 100 million inhabitants of the vast country were registered to vote on 20 December for the president, as well as for national and regional lawmakers and municipal councillors.

Voting was officially extended by a day to account for problems, and continued for days afterwards in remote areas, according to observers.

The final figures announced by the court on Tuesday 9 January differed only slightly from provisional results that election officials had already made public.

In second place to Tshisekedi is Moïse Katumbi, a former governor of the central Katanga region with 18.08%.

Martin Fayulu — who says he was robbed of the last presidential election in 2018 — got 4.92%.

Former prime minister Adolphe Muzito got 1.13% and Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work with female victims of wartime sexual violence, got less than 1%.

In its ruling on 9 January, the court also rejected an appeal by Théodore Ngoy, who came in last, to annul the results.

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