in Spite of credible allegations of electoral fraud, found by the constitutional court in Congo opposition leader Félix Tshisekedi as the winner. He is to be sworn in on Tuesday as the new President of the Central African state. The Congo is a change of power is in order after a long time: The outgoing President, Joseph Kabila, was nearly 18 years in office.

The defeated opposition candidate, Martin Fayulu not want to accept the result. All Congolese have to struggle against the falsification of the election results and peacefully against the decision to demonstrate, he called after the decision of the court. It should come to mass protests, would not rule out the possibility of violent clashes with the security forces.

Fayulu was in the choice of 30. December commenced for a broad opposition Alliance and was considered a favorite. The victory Tshisekedis surprised many observers – and should be, according to critics, by agreement with the outgoing President Kabila.

An analysis of confidential data from the polling stations showed, according to Reports by international media that the election was falsified. Fayulu have won with about 60 percent of the vote, Tshisekedi. For these, only 20 percent of the voters had voted.

Congo’s Catholic Church – arguably the most influential Institution of the country – had declared, citing its some 40,000 election observers that Tshisekedi did not win. The African Union (AU) expressed “serious doubts” on the result and called for a delay in the announcement of the final result.

election despite Ebola epidemic

The court rejected the objections as unfounded. A recount of the votes, the judges refused. Also in the fact that the election has not taken place due to unrest and the Ebola epidemic in Parts of the country, saw the court, no Problem. Approximately 1.25 million of the 40 million option to remain legitimate, is excluded.

The democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most unstable countries in Africa. Since the end of Belgian colonial rule in 1960, there has never been a peaceful change of power. The presidential election should have taken place according to the Constitution, actually, two years ago. As Kabila, however, refused, as planned, after two terms of office, assign, postponed the elections several times. Protests, however, were bloodily suppressed.

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