Congo-Kinshasa: Kabila's Plan C? the DRC's Constitutional Court Could Bring Him Back

Voters look for their names in the lists during Presidential and Legislative elections in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (30 December 2018).
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After stalling for years and then organising a flawed election, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo may not have heard the last of President Joseph Kabila.

In early January, the Congolese electoral commission declared one of the opposition leaders, Felix Tshisekedi as the winner of the presidential election with 38.5% against Fayulu's 34.8% and Shadary's 23.8% from a voter turnout of 47.7%.

Kabila's plan A and preferred candidate Emmanuel Shadary promptly conceded defeat and accepted the result. But Martin Fayulu, the other leading opposition candidate, rejected the outcome. He claimed to have won 61% of the vote against Tshisekedi's 18%. The Conference of Catholic Bishops, which had earlier declared that its observers had identified a winner without naming him, argued that the electoral commission result was not consistent with its observers' findings.

The Conference of Catholic Bishops has said it stands by its assessment that the electoral commission results do not reflect its own observations and asked it to publish polling station results to enable proper comparison. It has also encouraged affected parties to seek legal and peaceful ways to challenge the results.

Rather than restore calm, the election has left the country on edge.

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