Cel­e­bra­tions in Congo’s cap­i­tal as op­po­si­tion can­di­date wins

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

JOY­OUS danc­ing erupted in the streets of Congo’s cap­i­tal to cel­e­brate the sur­prise vic­tory of op­po­si­tion can­di­date Felix Tshisekedi, who was early Thursday de­clared win­ner of the longde­layed, dis­or­ga­nized and con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“To­day I am happy,” said Tshisekedi. “Happy for you, my base (his sup­port­ers). Happy for the peo­ple of Congo. Ev­ery­one is cel­e­brat­ing that there is peace. No one could imag­ine the sce­nario where an op­po­si­tion can­di­date could be vic­to­ri­ous!”

How­ever, ri­val op­po­si­tion can­di­date Martin Fayulu charged the re­sults had been rigged by out­go­ing Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila who made a back­room deal with Tshisekedi. Ka­bila may have ne­go­ti­ated with Tshisekedi to pre­vent anti-cor­rup­tion cru­sader Fayulu from winning, ac­cord­ing to Fayulu, diplo­mats and ob­servers.

Tshisekedi, who re­ceived 38 per­cent of the vote ac­cord­ing to the elec­toral com­mis­sion’s re­sults, had not been widely con­sid­ered the lead­ing can­di­date and is rel­a­tively untested. Long in the shadow of his fa­ther, the now de­ceased op­po­si­tion leader Eti­enne, Tshisekedi star­tled Congo shortly be­fore the elec­tion by break­ing away from the uni­fied op­po­si­tion can­di­date, Fayulu, to stand on his own. – AP

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