President of DR Congo declared winner of contested election – JURIST

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, was declared the winner of the current elections Sunday, regardless of the opposition condemning the outcomes and claiming electoral fraud.

The elections, which occurred in late December, have been marred by widespread disruption. Two candidates for the parliament have been killed in separate incidents and the EU cancelled an electoral remark mission attributable to safety considerations. The election needed to be prolonged right into a second day after it emerged that round two-thirds of polling stations opened late and one-third of voting machines didn’t work. Protests towards the electoral fee (CENI) went forward in Kinshasa final week, regardless of being banned by Tshisekedi and noticed police implement a harsh crackdown on demonstrators. Opposition chief, Moïse Katumbi, wrote on X that:

After the sham elections organized by the CENI, the Congolese individuals determined – because the Structure offers them the suitable to do – to take cost and march peacefully to demand an actual election. The one response was that the inhabitants encountered taking pictures and indiscriminate violence from the police. There are a number of injured. That is unacceptable!

CENI introduced that Tshisekedi acquired over 70% of the vote, with Katumbi receiving 18% and Martin Fayulu receiving simply over 5%. Each Katumbi and Fayulu have rejected the election outcomes and urged their followers to protest the “sham” election. Nevertheless, a number of leaders from different African nations, together with the President of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto, have congratulated Tshisekedi on his victory.

The DRC is understood for its wealthy biodiversity and is a major supply of worthwhile supplies. It’s the primary producer of cobalt on the earth and Africa’s prime producer of copper, making it a hotspot for mining but in addition weak to exploitation. Human Rights Watch expressed concerns in September 2023 that the calls for positioned on the area are exacerbating abuse and human rights violations.

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