Félix Tshisekedi clear leader in partial results of DRC presidential elections

President Félix Tshisekedi seems likely to claim victory in the election in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Based on partial results, he has 76 per cent of the votes. Most observers predicted a clear win for Tshisekedi before the elections.

Out of 12.5 million votes approved by the Electoral Commission (CENI), Tshisekedi, who is seeking a second five-year term, has 9.5 million.

Behind him are the businessman and former governor of Katanga Moïse Katumbi with 16.5 per cent and Martin Fayulu with 4.4 per cent. The 20 other candidates, including the Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege, have less than 1 per cent.

Nearly 44 million voters, out of a total of around 100 million inhabitants, went to the polls, including 3,000 in Brussels. The CENI has not established a participation rate, but Congolese media have calculated that Tshisekedi can no longer be caught by his opponents.

The presidential election takes place in a single round, with official results to be announced on 31 December. They should then be approved by the Constitutional Court. In addition to the presidential election, legislative, provincial and local elections were organised last week.

"We will never accept this simulacrum of elections and these results", the fruits of "organised, planned fraud", Fayulu said on Tuesday, after the police prevented a demonstration of post-electoral protest.



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