Democratic Republic of the Congo Politics

UN chief warns against violence over DRC vote result

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged all stakeholders in DR Congo to avoid violence after the opposition chief was declared winner of the presidential election in an announcement contested by his rival, AFP reports.

“The Secretary General calls on all stakeholders to refrain from violence and to channel any eventual electoral disputes through the established institutional mechanisms in line with the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws,” the UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said late on Wednesday in New York.

In the early hours of Thursday the head of DR Congo’s National Electoral Commission (Ceni), Corneille Nangaa, said Mr Tshisekedi had received 38.5% of the vote and had been “provisionally declared the elected president”.

The full results were, with turnout reportedly 48%:

Felix Tshisekedi – 7 million votesMartin Fayulu – 6.4 million votesEmmanuel Shadary – 4.4 million votes

The election outcome was initially expected to be announced on Sunday. The interim result can still be challenged.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has never had an orderly transfer of power since independence in 1960, as this graphic shows

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