Congo: Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi wins presidential election

In Congo, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential election. The electoral commission announced today that Tshisekedi has won with 38.57 percent of more than 18 million ballots cast. Martin Fayulu, another opposition candidate, has rejected the outcome of the December 30 poll, calling it an electoral coup. If Tshisekedi’s victory is confirmed by the constitutional court, Democratic Republic of Congo will see its first peaceful democratic transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

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