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Constitutional Court ruling and international acceptance indicate new DRC president likely despite opposition candidate’s rejection of outcome

21 January 2019

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The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced early on 20 January that it was dismissing legal challenges to the provisional results of the 30 December presidential election, confirming opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi as the winner.

Regional leaders – including those of South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi – responded by congratulating Tshisekedi on his victory, as did the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The African Union, which last week had called for the DRC’s Constitutional Court to delay its ruling until after the body had sent a delegation of heads of state to address the disputed election result, announced on 20 January that it would postpone this mission.

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