Congo Op­po­si­tion Picks Martin Fayulu As Its Pres­i­den­tial Can­di­date

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Congo’s op­po­si­tion coali­tion picked busi­ness­man and law­maker Martin Fayulu to be its can­di­date in a De­cem­ber pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, it said in a state­ment. Fayulu will face off against Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila’s pre­ferred suc­ces­sor for the rul­ing party, Em­manuel Ra­mazani Shadari, in Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo’s elec­tion on De­cem­ber 23.

In power since his fa­ther died in 2001, Ka­bila and the rul­ing party are un­pop­u­lar across Congo, es­pe­cially in the west and the cap­i­tal Kin­shasa, but a weak and di­vided op­po­si­tion has so far failed to cap­i­tal­ize on the Con­golese’ re­sent­ments. Pick­ing a uni­fied can­di­date at least gives the op­po­si­tion some­one to rally around. Ka­bila sur­prised a lot of Con­golese when he agreed to step aside in Au­gust, which would make De­cem­ber’s elec­tion, if it goes ahead, Congo’s first peace­ful change of power since in­de­pen­dence from Bel­gium in 1960.

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