Congo’s elec­tion re­sult might be chal­lenged

Lexington Herald-Leader - - News -

Congo ap­peared ready to achieve its first peace­ful trans­fer of power with the sur­prise vic­tory Thurs­day of op­po­si­tion can­di­date Felix Tshisekedi, de­spite clear signs that a ri­val op­po­si­tion leader ac­tu­ally won in a land­slide.

With no ma­jor protests in the cap­i­tal and lim­ited vi­o­lence else­where in the vast Cen­tral African coun­try, the pop­u­la­tion seemed to be choos­ing sta­bil­ity over cred­i­bil­ity, ac­cept­ing Tshisekedi’s win and the end to Pres­i­dent Joseph Ka­bila’s long and tur­bu­lent rule.

A court chal­lenge to the re­sults could spin the coun­try into chaos, ob­servers warned.

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